Festival Focus: Jindaiji Daruma Fair

It's been a long dull year on the festival front here in Japan. Much has been cancelled due to Covid, and understandably so. But part of what makes Japan's calendar so colorful are the fantastic festivals across the island. This year, we've gotten barely a whisper of the usual enthusiasm. For some reason, Jindaiji temple... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Tanabata 2015

Happy Star Festival,¬†everyone. I'm plagiarizing myself by reposting last year's Tanabata entry (with a few changes). As we're confined to the hotel now before our real move begins,¬†you'll have to make do with last year's pics. But I'll try to get out into the arcades in downtown Kumamoto today and maybe share some Tanabata photos... Continue Reading →

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