Manhole Monday: Itako

It's nearly iris time again here in Japan. I love how Japanese seasons - even specific months or weeks really - can be determined by what's in bloom. The azaleas are currently ablaze on the hillsides and the wild wisteria are just reaching their end. Still, with a lifelong love of the color purple, I... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)

Meiji Shrine (or Meiji Jingu) is not Japan's oldest shrine but it's one of its most beloved. Established in 1920, the shrine houses the spirits of the Emperor Meiji and his wife. Besides lending his name to a tasty chocolate bar (check your nearest Japanese convenience store), Emperor Meiji is best remembered for bringing Japan... Continue Reading →

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