Spotlight: Sumida Hokusai Museum

It's been a few days since we arrived back in Japan and settling into life in Tokyo once more is like slipping back into your favorite pajamas - familiar and comfortable. With cheek numbingly brisk weather this week, it seemed a good time to head out and reacquaint myself with some of the city's (well-heated)... Continue Reading →

Experience: Gishi Sai (Tokyo)

Over three centuries ago, a seminal event occurred in the corridors of Edo Castle. Young Lord Asano from Ako Province (in present day Hyogo Prefecture) drew his sword and attacked the shogun's master of ceremonies, Lord Kira. Kira escaped essentially unharmed but Asano, having broken the code of never drawing a weapon in the shogun's... Continue Reading →

Experience: Attending a Sumo Practice

There‚Äôs nothing like a sumo match. Salt throwing, knee slapping behemoths in a sandy ring, waiting for some unspoken cue to attempt to topple each other over. I saw my first sumo tournament from the cheap seats of the Tokyo Kokugikan (sumo stadium) and something in me became thoroughly captivated by this sweaty sport with... Continue Reading →

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