Celebrate: Culture Day 2015

The blog looked a little sparse in October, and I apologize for that. Things have really picked up here since the move to Tokyo and while I did my utmost to blog in advance of my parents' visit last month, somehow the free time I thought I'd have was lost in the flash of weeks.... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Culture Day 2014

As you read this, I am probably recovering from a wet and rainy weekend on the Kumano Kodo, the old pilgrimage path on the Kii Peninsula (Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka). Last year, I read that Culture Day is statistically one of the sunniest days of the year. This year it more than made up for... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Yabusame

I mentioned yabusame (archery on horseback) the other week in my post on Culture Day, but it's a topic that definitely deserves its own post. I'd never had the chance to witness yabusame until this past October at the Kumamoto Castle autumn festival but I can now say with authority that it is very, very cool. Yabusame as... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Culture Day

Happy Culture Day, everyone! Yes, welcome to the fourth of fall's many three day weekends. I'm taking advantage of this one as much as possible, with a visit to the Karatsu Kunchi (festival). So what's Culture Day all about? Well, interestingly enough, today actually celebrates the current Japanese constitution. "Now, hold on a sec ...",... Continue Reading →

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