Manhole Monday: Nara

Nara, Japan's first capital, is known for quite a number of things - its massive Buddha ┬áin the Todaiji Temple, its sprawling parkland and its delectable rice-and-tea dish. But let's face it. Most people come for the deer. Yup, the deer. All 1095 of them - living that is, not counting the ones that grace... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Mujika (Hyogo Prefecture)

As I mentioned briefly in the Miyama entry the other day, things got a bit crazy right before the Christmas holiday with an unexpected writing opportunity. Practically as soon as our plane landed back in Kyushu after our Thanksgiving break in Kyoto, I received an email from the Japan Times asking if I wouldn't mind... Continue Reading →

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