Spotlight: Namahage Museum (Akita)

**Bear with me in this post, as I am trying to be respectful of the Namahage Museum's wish that visitors do not use photos taken inside their establishment for any sort of commercial or social media presence. I feel this sight is definitely worth highlighting, but my photos may not make it look as interesting... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Setsubun 2014

Happy Setsubun, everyone! Did you throw your soybeans today? Setsubun is Japan’s spring festival, celebrated the day before the official first day of spring. The purpose of the holiday is to cleanse the house of the evil spirits of the previous year and purify the home for the year to come. To that end, a... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Noboribetsu

I've spent a lot of the past week or so driving around Kumamoto prefecture to see the changing leaves. Yes, I am totally be a foliage fanatic - my gluttony for fiery maples and golden ginkgo leaves knows no boundaries this year, it seems. 🙂 All of that driving has taken me through a lot... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Oni (Demons)

If you saw the Uncover Japan facebook page the other week, you might have caught the picture of a rather angry-looking, red-faced man staring out at you. I found him in Noboribetsu Onsen in Hokkaido, where I was vacationing last month. He and his ilk were all over the place - in fact, Noboribetsu Onsen... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Setsubun

Alright, so I'm a tad late with today's post. Setsubun is celebrated on February 3rd but as I had intended to share with you some pictures of our local Setsubun celebration, I delayed the entry until today. Unfortunately, the Setsubun festival at Kumamoto Castle was ridiculously crowded so my pictures may not be very informative.... Continue Reading →

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