Friday Photo: April 2016

I feel like a broken record, but this has been a busy month. Cherry blossoms, a trip to Kumamoto, an earthquake in Kumamoto, a fresh batch of visitors, and now, Golden Week. April is always a month full of festivals and flowers, but this year, it has seemed exceptionally packed. Somehow, amidst the chaos, we... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Matsuyama Castle

While Japan boasts dozens of castles dotted around its islands, only twelve of them are considered "original". Of those dozen, four are located on the little-visited island of Shikoku. Matsuyama Castle (also known as Iyo-Matsuyama) is one of Japan's hilltop fortresses, perched on a peak in what is now the downtown area of the capital... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Cherry Blossom Season

Alright, right off the bat, I'll admit this entry is a bit of a cop-out. ­čÖé If you follow me at all on Facebook (just search Uncover Japan), you'll know that I just returned from a somewhat impromptu but rather amazing trip to Shikoku. (I'm a bit tired. Hence, none of the usual themed entries... Continue Reading →

Experience: Hanami

Well, I hadn't planned on posting this entry until at least next week, but some very strange weather patterns this year have resulted in a very early cherry blossom season. It appears that spring is officially here! Perhaps the most popular thing to do during cherry blossom season is to attend a┬áhanami party.┬áHanami comes from... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Ueno Park (Tokyo)

I just got back last night from a great food-focused weekend in Tokyo and then suddenly remembered I hadn't done a post for today. Racking both my brain and photo archives, I realized that I'm nearly out of manhole pictures. Luckily, I snapped a picture of this one over the weekend: Yes, astute readers, those... Continue Reading →

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