5 Faves: Spots for Plum Blossoms

It's spring! It's spring! Alright, I'm exaggerating a tad. Even here in the southern reaches of mainland Japan, the cold weather is still lingering. But the other day, as I was running errands, I caught the first few cream and red buds on our city's plum trees. Call me sacreligious but I actually prefer plum... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Dazaifu

It snowed today in Kumamoto. Not hard, mind you, and not enough to stick, but enough to make my visit to Kumamoto Castle with a friend a wee bit on the chilly side. But February is right around the corner, and with it come the first signs of spring - the arrival of my favorite... Continue Reading →

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