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 →

Spotlight: Udo Jingu (Miyazaki)

Miyazaki prefecture (on the island of Kyushu) is known for its long coastline, so it's no surprise that the Udo Shrine sits squarely in the middle of that coastline, facing out to the waves. On a drive of the Kyushu coast, this makes for an excellent stop. The Udo Shrine (or Udo Jingu) is a... 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 →

Friday Photo: July 2014

Ah, the dog days of summer. Yup, it's STILL hot here. This is not my favorite time of year in Japan. The heat is one thing (temperatures have been in the high 80s and low 90s for the second half of this month) but it's the humidity that really saps you. Still, as much as... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Umi no Hi (Marine Day)

Readers in the southern hemisphere, beware. I'm coming. And I'm bringing my winter woollies with me. Good GRIEF is it hot here lately. I could certainly do with a romp in the snow. Yes, summer is in full swing it seems. Though this year's rainy season was predicted to be heavier in July, we seem... Continue Reading →

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