Thank you. Hard to believe that it took me exactly 50 years to get there. It is rather inconvenient because it is out of the way, far away from Tokyo and other big cities, and I wanted to go in winter when there is snow. In the winter when it is cold is when the mountain monkeys like to come down to the onsen (hot spring) to soak in the hot water. I don't have a bucket list, but if I did then this was something that would have been on it. I am not joking, I have thought about this for 50 years ever since seeing that Life
magazine cover. Over the years I have talked about it to several people, including my wife, many times.
About 20 years ago a Canadian buddy in Vancouver mentioned to me how he had seen the cover of a magazine when he was a kid that had a snow monkey in Japan. He was surprised that I knew exactly the magazine he was talking about.
He also said he had always wanted to see them. He passed away a few years ago though without having the chance.