Manhole Monday: Uto

Kumamoto is a surprisingly big prefecture. I live in Kumamoto city, which is on the western coast of Kyushu and practically touches the Ariake Sea. A solid hour's drive to the east brings me to the Mt Aso region and the border of Kumamoto, Oita and Miyazaki prefectures somewhere in central Kyushu. A solid hour's... 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 →

Good Eats: Kijiya (Hitoyoshi)

The trend in Japan lately is game meats. In the past year alone, I've had wild boar (inoshishi), deer (shika) and in Hitoyoshi, I got to add a new one to the list. Kijiya, an eatery on the Kuma river just outside the city of Hitoyoshi in southern Kumamoto, is one of the only places... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: February 2014

It's been a short month and here we are again at another Friday Photo picture. I've been lucky enough to have my mother in town for a few weeks and whenever we have visitors, I get out more than usual. On her first weekend in town, we planned a trip up to Kikuchi Gorge and... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Rice Cultivation

They don't really grow rice in downtown Tokyo. And rice isn't one of the staple crops of Okinawa (that would be pineapple and sugarcane, if you're curious). So for the first four years of my life in Japan, I ate a LOT of rice but never quite saw where it came from. That all changed... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Olmo Coppia (Kumamoto)

I'm returning to my own "backyard" for this Good Eats post. I've actually been out exploring quite a bit of Kumamoto this past month. With guests in town, it was the perfect excuse to show them our favorite spots and track down a few more. On a return trip to Kurokawa Onsen, we stopped off... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Yamaga

A few months ago, I reported on what I considered the most beautiful festivals I've stumbled across to date in Japan - the ¬†Yamaga Winter Lantern Festival. Before it got too dark that day, I managed to shoot this very artistic manhole cover in the center of town: Yamaga is not only known for its... Continue Reading →

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