Friday, September 20, 2019

Spots

Historic, scenic, the uniquely Japanese to the truly bizarre, these are the places to visit in Japan if you are looking for a memorable experience.

Picturesque Matsumoto (5) – Ukiyo-e Museum –

Ukiyo-e, also known as Japanese woodblock prints, became a cultural phenomenon during the Edo era (1603-1868). But now they are admired around the world and many Ukiyo-e enthusiasts spend time and money to collect...

Picturesque Japan: The Tottori Sand Dunes

Sand, camels, and...a refreshing sea breeze Surrounded by rippled sand dunes that sparkle with the reflection of the sun, you mount a camel and gaze upon what looks like an oasis in the far distance. Strangely enough though,...

Restaurant Review: Sakamotoya

Katsudon perfection Located in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo, Sakamotoya has the facade of an old-fashioned restaurant. With a hand-written menu on the plaster white wall and a weight scale casually placed on the wooden counter, there is something about Sakamotoya that instantly...

A day in Sumida Ward: Following in the footsteps of Hokusai

For the typical foreign tourist to Tokyo, a stop at Asakusa’s temples and souvenir shops is a must. Visitors tend to stop by the edge of the Sumida river and take pictures with the...

The picture-perfect Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Small flowers with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink and purple cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry. As if that...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Ibaraki Prefecture (2)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Ibaraki 3 Hananuki Gorge & Hananuki Dam (花貫渓谷・花貫ダム) in Takahagi [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3197.5381032518612!2d140.61540461528813!3d36.73365297996233!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x74dca1c902e21b8!2z6Iqx6LKr5riT6LC3!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1476258422266&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Early November Color Peak: Mid to late November Event: Hananuki Gorge Autumn Foliage Festival October 29 - November...

Pink Halloween at New Ginger Museum

The New Ginger Museum in Tochigi is peculiar in itself, being a museum dedicated to a certain type of ginger so it comes as no surprise that it's holding a peculiar Halloween event, Pink...

United Nations University

United Nations University (UNU) is located in Shibuya, just across from Aoyama Gakuin University. Its main building on Aoyama-dori Street is hard to miss. Built in 1973, it is an academic and research institute...

Mt. Takao, Tokyo’s Mountain Everyone Can Climb

Mention Tokyo and psychedelic neon lights, soaring skyscrapers and quirky otaku shops might come to mind, but did you know that Tokyo also has a mountain and a countryside? As someone from the Netherlands - a...

Nature and worship “A journey of rebirth”

In The Realm of the Gods at Dewa Sanzan In many cultures, mountains often have religious significance and are regarded as abodes of the gods. Tohoku has three holy mountains, known collectively as Dewa Sanzan,...