Manhole Monday: Takamatsu

Oh, summertime. You have arrived with a vengeance. My plans for the week include leaving the comfort of my air-conditioned apartment purely to seek out chilled noodles (hiyashi) and shaved ice (kakigori) before returning once more to the bearable temperature of my apartment. This, of course, is a good thing for all of you readers out there,... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Kotohira

While I was in Shikoku this past week, I spent some time exploring Kotohira, a small town (no more than a village, really) in the western part of Takamatsu Prefecture. Kotohira is best known for its shrine, Kotohira-jingu or Kompira-san. This Shinto shrine has allegedly been around since the 1st century, and enshrines a kami (god)... Continue Reading →

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