But what we did do is actually quite in keeping with the spirit of Marie Day. See, Marine Day commemorates the Meiji emperor's voyage into uncharted waters in a steel ship. Well, according to Wikipedia anyway.
After weeks of me losing the battle against the weeds with endless small forays into the great unknown that is the undergrowth out there K saddled up his trusty steed (well brush cutter) and went to work:
There's no before picture so you'll just have to imagine metre, metre and a half high weeds the entire length of that corridor.
I was so grateful and the best bit was I didn't even have to feel so guilty as the grin on K's face showed that, despite all the sweat and grime, having a petrol powered, circular saw bladed, powerful cutting machine and being able to go for broke was not really such a trial!
The Meiji emperor flitting around Aomori and Hokkaido in a steel boat? Nothing on my weed whacking, slashing and destroying intrepid Marine Day explorer!