A few months after graduating college, at the age of twenty-two, Tara Austen Weaver boarded a plane and then a train for a journey high into the mountains of central Japan. She did not realize she would also be traveling back in time, to a traditional town and inside the home of an old and established family. Tales from High Mountain is the story of those first few months of immersion in a foreign culture, of learning to find your feet in an unfamiliar land with very different rules. It is the story of finding a new home, and the family and food and traditions that came along with it. Included are ten Japanese food recipes, with photos, to bring the flavor of Japan home.