Cherry Blossom Guide

Sakura season is upon us! While the somei yoshino are still just budding, the internet has been full of other cherry blossom flowers the past few weeks. So how does one tell just what kind of cherry tree they're enjoying? Use the handy guide below to help identify the various blossoms. Kawazuzakura Kawazuzakura One of... Continue Reading →

Top Spots to View Hydrangea in Tokyo

Here we are, entering the month of June ... and while the rain seems to be absent on the horizon this week, the sixth month of the calendar traditionally marks the start of tsuyu, or rainy season. Sure, it's a time of humidity and hair frizz (or hair flatness, if you're me), but a highlight... Continue Reading →

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 →

Uncover Japan Update

I came on the blog today with the intent of posting a list of my favorite places to go in Tokyo for foliage - at least those that aren't usually mobbed by crowds. Then a quick search made me realize that I'd written that post three years ago … and I still stand by the... Continue Reading →

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