Spotlight: Kokoen (Himeji)

Himeji Castle is undoubtedly one of Japan's star attractions. Even as its scaffold-clad exterior finishes up a multi-year reconstruction project, the numbers of visitors remain steady. Most, however, overlook one of my favorite sites in Himeji City - the stunning gardens of Kokoen, a stone's throw from the castle's western edge. Kokoen is not a... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Kamikochi (Japan Alps)

My first year in Japan, I eagerly awaited the first three-day weekend on the Japanese calendar. For us, it happened to fall in mid-September and immediately, the wheels started turning. Japan is known for its stunning displays of autumnal color and I was determined to get us a front row seat. One of the best... Continue Reading →

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