Experience: Mokuhankan Ukiyo-e Workshop

I first heard of David Bull a few years ago, when I stumbled across the Ukiyo-e Heroes website of Jed Henry. Jed took modern video game characters, placed them in traditional Japanese settings and sent his pictures off to David in Tokyo to be made into woodblock prints. David took the process through the complicated... Continue Reading →

Experience: Gishi Sai (Tokyo)

Over three centuries ago, a seminal event occurred in the corridors of Edo Castle. Young Lord Asano from Ako Province (in present day Hyogo Prefecture) drew his sword and attacked the shogun's master of ceremonies, Lord Kira. Kira escaped essentially unharmed but Asano, having broken the code of never drawing a weapon in the shogun's... Continue Reading →

Experience: Hiking the Kumano Kodo

If you followed me on facebook over the weekend, you'll know that I spent my weekend in Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka. The initial plan was to spend three days hiking the Kumano Kodo, one of the old pilgrimage routes on the Kii Peninsula and a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, the weather had... Continue Reading →

Experience: Hakone Circuit

My husband tells me that the weather is turning cooler in Japan and summer is finally relinquishing its grasp. Hallelujah! I can't wait to go home in a week and enjoy my favorite season. It's always nice to return to one's roots for a while but I am starting to crave some miso and sushi,... Continue Reading →

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