Festival Focus: Karatsu Kunchi

Most people rave about Japan's summer festivals (and admittedly, there are some spectacular ones) but being rather partial to the cooler weather, I am a fan of the nation's autumn festivals. Both Kumamoto and Okinawa had some exciting ones (massive tug of war, anyone?) but my favorite will always be the Karatsu Kunchi in Karatsu,... Continue Reading →

Experience: Porcelain Painting in Arita

We're into August now andĀ stillĀ our furniture has yet to arrive. The promised transit time of two weeks seemed feasible, if a little "too good to be true", but four weeks? From Kumamoto? Come on now. I can't take eating my meals on the tile kitchen floor any longer. It's been entirely too hot here in... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Log Kit (Sasebo)

There are certain good things to moving house, at least in the initial days. One of the bright spots is that I don't have to cook. Don't get me wrong, I love to be in the kitchen some of the time and I love to make healthy food for my family. But it's nice to... Continue Reading →

Experience: Making Karashi Renkon

It's my final week in Kumamoto, which means getting around to all of those things I promised myself I would do before (and never did) or the things I just discovered in the past month and wondered why I had no idea they existed. The karashi renkon class at Murakami was a combination of both... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Beppu Jigoku

Beppu is one steamy city. Seriously. Poke a hole almost anywhere in the ground in this seaside city and you'll release a massive amount of hot air. Oita is considered the onsen capital of Japan and Beppu is arguably the place with the highest proliferation of hot springs per square kilometer. But the most famous... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: June 2015

Unless something drastic happens, this will be the last Photo Friday post I make from my home here in Kyushu. The movers come in just over a week and we begin the drive to our new digs in Tokyo in mid-July. How did three years go by so fast??? So in honor of my last... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Hitoyoshi

Hitoyoshi is a small town in the southern end of Kumamoto Prefecture and, despite the distance from my home, I've actually been there twice. They have a fairly good Doll Festival (though not as impressive as Yanagawa, in my opinion) and some lovely onsen. Here's what I found beneath my feet in Hitoyoshi: The Kuma... Continue Reading →

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