Festival Focus: Jindaiji Daruma Fair

It's been a long dull year on the festival front here in Japan. Much has been cancelled due to Covid, and understandably so. But part of what makes Japan's calendar so colorful are the fantastic festivals across the island. This year, we've gotten barely a whisper of the usual enthusiasm. For some reason, Jindaiji temple... Continue Reading →

The Pandemic – A Year In

It's been a year, hasn't it? And I mean that in all senses of the word. It's indeed been a year - longer, I admit - since I last posted on the Uncover Japan blog. But it's also been a year of ... disruption. And uncertainty. And endurance. And survival. And if we're being truly... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Fire Museum (Tokyo)

Fire trucks hold a fascination for certain segments of the population - mainly little boys and spotted Dalmations. My offspring had never shown much interest in them when she was younger, so I was a bit nervous when I suggested a summer excursion for my daughter and her (female) friend to check out the Fire... Continue Reading →

Trip Tips: Grutto Pass (Tokyo)

Tokyo has no shortage of museums and cultural institutions to explore. For most visitors passing through the city in just a few short days, these excellent, well-curated displays compete for time with other muse-see sites and experiences, often coming out on the short end of the stick. But for those planning to be in Tokyo... Continue Reading →

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