Hirano Aya's blog hasn't been very active recently, but what she has written has largely been about trips to the countryside.
She recently took a one-day driving trip to a shrine near Mount Fuji, with Saiga Mitsuki and Sasaki Nozomi. Prior to that, she visited the hot spring and theme park at Kinugawa.
All this relaxation, however -- if that's all it was -- doesn't mean that work is not still coming. This summer, she will star with Fukuyama Jun in the new TV anime series Nurarihyon no Mago. A new six-episode OVA series of Queen's Blade will also begin.
Saiga Mitsuki mentions the trip in her blog, too, saying she received an invitation to go along with Nozomi, but with perfect delicacy did not mention Aya. Saiga-san specified that it was the Sengen Taisha shrine at Fujinomiya.
The theme park at Kinugawa includes numerous 1/25 scale models of famous places in Japan and around the world. Such as Ancient Egypt, which Aya has always been fascinated by, and the Vatican:
The figures are about 2-1/2 inches high.
Prior to her trips, she reported on shopping for a bag -- the style was much more urban than her rural vacations:
She said she liked the handcuff strap....
In her blog, Sasaki Nozomi mentioned going out to dinner with Aya again recently, and then going afterwards to karaoke together.