Crash Course: Origami

While my mother was visiting Japan this past month, my conversation partners and I arranged a special meeting so they could teach us origami, the art of paper folding. Having become quite taken with the cranes you often find sitting on ryokan pillows and the stunning geometric origami balls my daughter was gifted by a friend,... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Izumi

I know I blogged about visiting the wintering cranes in Izumi back at the beginning of the New Year but I didn't have a chance to share Izumi's manhole covers. That's right - manhole covers in the plural sense. Not only does Izumi pay homage to its feathered inhabitants, as seen on this cover: They also commissioned... Continue Reading →

Experience: Crane Migration in Izumi

If you've been to Japan, chances are you've seen a crane ... but it's most likely to have been of the origami persuasion. Winter may be cosidered an off-season for the non-skiing tourist to Japan, but head to Izumi city on the island of Kyushu and you just might have the opportunity to catch sight... Continue Reading →

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