Great Gardens: Ashikaga Flower Park

A few years ago, wisteria wasn't even on my radar. Sure, it's a historical and hugely popular flower here in Japan, but having spent so much time in Okinawa up to that point, my flower knowledge mostly comprised hibiscus ... and that's it. Alright, and cherry blossoms. Everybody knows cherry blossoms. 🙂 Then I moved to... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Photos of 2015

It's the end of 2015 and in a few hours, the year will wrap up and roll over into another one. Such is the way of time, and there's no stopping it. (Much as I want to. Can we roll back to autumn? 🙂 ) This year has ZOOMED, more so for the fact that... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: May 2015

For the first time in a while, picking this month's photo was a challenge. It's really due to the fact that we spent most of this month back in the US for a family wedding and a visit with our relatives. We only returned in the past few days and jet lag - as well... Continue Reading →

Great Gardens: Kawachi Fujien

How is it that, given my acknowledged love of Japanese gardens, I rarely seem to write many up on this blog? Let's change that, shall we? 🙂 Today starts the first of my Great Gardens series, and no better spot to begin with than the currently blooming Kawachi Fujien. For the past few years, several... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Kurashiki

Kurashiki is a lovely canal town in Okayama Prefecture that doesn't always get the press it deserves. It has a beautiful neighborhood (the Bikan district) of old rice storehouses that have now been converted to shops, museums, restaurants and comfortable ryokan (traditional inns). Boats drift lazily down the central canal while willows on the bank... Continue Reading →

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