Great Gardens: Meguro Sky Garden

Most of the gardens I've profiled in this category (and on this site in general) have been traditional Japanese style gardens or gardens dedicated to a particular bloom (like the iris garden outside Beppu). I'm going to break with "protocol" and write up a modern garden I discovered only a short walk from my home... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: August 2015

In transferring my photos last week from my memory card to my (finally-arrived-and-set-up) desktop computer, I noted that I took around 1200 photos during our week in Tohoku. Yikes. How do I pick a favorite from that? Well, instead of sifting through all 1200 with a very critical eye, I just went with the one... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Gero Onsen

Many of you who have traveled to Takayama via train have probably passed right by Gero Onsen. Sadly, there isn't a lot of attention paid to it in the guidebooks but I found it an extremely walkable town (albeit a bit of a climb to get to the folk village at the top of the... Continue Reading →

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