Friday Photo: October 2015

It's been another busy month, made more so by having my parents in town for two weeks. It was wonderful to be able to show them our life in Tokyo and it also allowed my husband and I to get in a kid-free weekend escape. We chose Gunma, a prefecture I hadn't yet been to... Continue Reading →

Great Gardens: Hakuryuen (Kyoto)

Last year, my friend Felicity (constant travel companion and fabulous videoegrapher at Where Next Japan) invited my daughter and I to Kyoto for a visit to a rather special garden. Her Osaka-based photography club had gotten permission to visit a private garden in northern Kyoto and she wanted to know if I would like to... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Fukiware Falls (Gunma)

We're just back from a weekend in Gunma Prefecture, admittedly my first to that part of Japan. The weather started off a bit rainy but cleared by noon on Saturday and stayed brilliant throughout the rest of the weekend. Thank goodness, as the foliage in some parts of Gunma is already at its peak and... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: November 2014

Oh man, was this month tough. Normally, by the middle of the month, I have a general idea of what picture I'm going to highlight on here. This month ... well, looking back I feel quite spoiled. Or blessed. Blessed sounds so much better, doesn't it?? 🙂  Two memorable trips - one to southern Wakayama... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Kaki (Persimmons)

Thanks to Courtney for finally giving me some inspiration on what to do with the persimmons I was given! Another favorite fall fruit in Japan is kaki, or persimmons. The sweet, lightly spiced pulp of persimmons is perfect for fall-time baking or enjoying fresh. However you must be careful which type of persimmon you are about... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Minoh (Mino-o)

Before my trip to Wakayama prefecture earlier this month, I had a bit of time to kill when my flight arrived in Osaka super early. Luckily, the Minoh Waterfall was only a short 20 minute train ride away from the airport and I had high hopes of catching the start of the autumn foliage without... Continue Reading →

Experience: Koyo in Kyoto

Whew! What a busy week and a half it has been. For those of you who follow me on Facebook (simply search Uncover Japan), you'll know that I've spent the last ten days exploring central Japan. I got to revisit Takayama, one of my favorite small towns in Japan, and ventured to Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa... Continue Reading →

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