Manhole Monday: Iga

How could I have overlooked one of the coolest manhole covers in my collection? Sure, I posted about the incredibly fun Iga Ninja Museum in Mie Prefecture early last summer but I neglected to take the manhole picture out of the photo folder and put it with the others. Which is an unforgivable oversight on... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Togakushi (Nagano)

I love autumn. I blame it on growing up in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, whose oaks and maples had a penchant for cloaking themselves in fabulous colors every October. When I was younger, I couldn’t imagine a moer picturesque place to enjoy the fall. And then I moved to Japan. Autumn... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Young Adult Novels

A few months ago, I suggested a number of children’s books that are perfect for engaging young minds ahead of a trip to Japan. But what about those pickier tweens and teens? Here’s a round-up of some engaging adventures about Japan for young adults … some adults might find these choices pretty entertaining, too! The... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Iga Ninja Museum

Have a kid (or spouse) who can't get enough of Japan's shadowy warriors? Then make tracks to Iga City, the ancestral home of one of the country's prominent ninja clans. Iga City isn't on the beaten tourist trail - it's a good two hour journey from either Kyoto or Nagoya. But the Iga Ninja experience... Continue Reading →

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