Manhole Monday: Yanagawa

Along with fantastic displays for Hina Matsuri (the Doll Festival), the city of Yanagawa in southern Fukuoka prefecture is known for its canals. Though I'd been to Yanagawa before, I'd never managed to catch this particular manhole cover before: The waterways crisscross the city and were once used as irrigation channels for the area's crops.... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Unagi

When I was a teen. I had a Japanese penpal. One summer, she came to visit me from Yokohama. I lived in a rural area in Pennsylvania, but for one brief day, we took my friend to New York to "see the city". For some reason or other, perhaps as a concession to possible homesickness,... Continue Reading →

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