Spotlight: Kinchakuda Park

It's nearly Tsukimi (moon viewing) here in Japan and we've just celebrated the autumnal equinox today. I've been praying for a lessening of the near constant rain lately so I can make the trek out to Kinchakuda in Saitama. If you're a flower lover (or just someone who appreciates stunning natural scenery), this out-of-the-way park... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Cherry Blossom Season

Alright, right off the bat, I'll admit this entry is a bit of a cop-out. 🙂 If you follow me at all on Facebook (just search Uncover Japan), you'll know that I just returned from a somewhat impromptu but rather amazing trip to Shikoku. (I'm a bit tired. Hence, none of the usual themed entries... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Miyazaki

I was in Miyazaki City back in July and I have to say, from the brief time I spent in the city, there doesn't seem to be much there. Now before anybody gets up in arms and leaves me nasty comments, I'll be the first to admit that - aside from our pretty awesome castle... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Nichinan

There's a lot going on in this manhole cover but I guess that's fitting, since there's a lot going on in Nichinan. You wouldn't think it, from a quick glance at the map. This sprawling city lies on the coast at the southern end of Miyazaki Prefecture. There's not much of note around it and... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Iris Gardens in the Tokyo Area

I'm a total garden nerd. I don't know how it happened, as we had more mint and parsley growing in our front yard garden than ornamental flowers. But for some reason, the palette of colors in the flower gardens here in Japan simply takes my breath away. Of course, my favorite color has always been... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: May 2014

It's been a quiet month around here. Well, truth be told, we spent the first half of it gallivanting around France so it wasn't THAT quiet, but regarding Japan-based adventures, I've been taking it easy. The weather, as is so typical of May in Japan, has been perfect. Days in the 70s (yes, that's Fahrenheit,... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Ibusuki

Back in early March, my husband and I headed south for a quick child-free getaway while my mother was in town visiting. We picked the town of Ibusuki mostly because 1) we could get home quickly to Kumamoto from there should the need arise and 2) there is a great mountain to hike just on... Continue Reading →

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