Experience: Climbing Mt Fuji

"He who climbs  Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool." -- Japanese proverb I love Mt Fuji. I loved the look of it in winter from my apartment window back in Tokyo, looming on the horizon. I love the look of it in old ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock) prints, mysterious... Continue Reading →

Experience: Itako Iris Festival

For most of Japan, June is the rainy season. But with the seasonal showers come the indigo blooms of irises. My favorite color being purple, I'm rather partial to these delicate flowers. There are plenty of places around Japan where one can catch a glimpse of irises in bloom but one of the best I... Continue Reading →

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