Manhole Monday: Kaibara

Not only does Kaibara have a pretty darn good venison restaurant going for it, this little town in the mountains of Hyogo Prefecture (think north of Kobe) has a pretty nice manhole cover: This is the¬†kinone¬†bashi, a towering 1000-year-old zelkova tree whose roots actually form a bridge across the Okumura river that runs through the... 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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