Friday Photo: January 2016

I wanted to start this year off with a bang, photo-wise, and what better picture to post than one of the most impressive Japanese landforms of them all? I love Mt Fuji. I love it in pictures, I love it in woodblock prints, but there is nothing that compares to the sheer thrill of seeing... Continue Reading →

Experience: Hakone Circuit

My husband tells me that the weather is turning cooler in Japan and summer is finally relinquishing its grasp. Hallelujah! I can't wait to go home in a week and enjoy my favorite season. It's always nice to return to one's roots for a while but I am starting to crave some miso and sushi,... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Numazu

Alright, that's a bit of an exaggeration but as I comb through the stacks of photo files, I realize that I came to the manhole game a bit too late. All of those towns and cities that I visited when I lived in Tokyo ... yeah, I often forgot to look down. In fact, I... Continue Reading →

Experience: Climbing Mt Fuji

"He who climbs  Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool." -- Japanese proverb I love Mt Fuji. I loved the look of it in winter from my apartment window back in Tokyo, looming on the horizon. I love the look of it in old ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock) prints, mysterious... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Shizuoka

This post is part of a series on artistic manhole covers around Japan. It's Mt Fuji climbing season again. The trails opened around the first of July and each day, hundreds of hikers tackle Japan's sacred peak. I'll post a bit more on how to do the actual climb in another entry but for this... Continue Reading →

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