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Asia » Japan March 8th 2022

Koganei Park - early March - Early Plum Blossom... read more
Koganei Park - early March - Early Plum Blossom
Koganei Park - early March - Early Plum Blossom
Koganei Park - early March - Early Plum Blossom

Asia » Japan March 3rd 2022

The Arashiyama bamboo grove is known for its rich bamboo stalks located in the Arashiyama mountains (Storm Mountains). A popular tourist destination, this place of scenic beauty offers a unique window into Kyoto’s historic heart. Arashiyama is located just a train ride away from the Kyoto Station. Located about 7km west of downtown Kyoto, Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s most popular sightseeing area. The heart of the area is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a fascinating grove of thousands of tall bamboo plants. A paved pathway forms the famous bamboo grove called ”Chikurin-no-komichi”, one of Kyoto’s most photographed sights. Arashiyama has been a favorite location of imperial and noble villas and temples from the days of classical Japan, the Heian Period. Bamboo was a popular element in the gardens of these villas. During the Edo Period, bamboo ... read more

Asia » Japan February 10th 2022

Japan Japanese waiters dressed as Cossacks at Volga in Tokyo The first time in Tokyo together we stayed at the landmark Imperial Hotel, in separate rooms! On our honeymoon, we ate Russian food at Volga - near Tokyo Tower - where Japanese waiters dressed as Cossacks. Rose had the musician play the theme song from "Doctor Zhivago" on the balalaika. Western dining was much more expensive than in the U.S. We attended a variety show at a theater in the Ginza: from Noh and Kabuki to modern music. Rose flew to Tokyo for six years for Northwest Airlines and Ron made seven trips, but only two together. Rose visited 18 cities in Japan and Ron 12. On the first trip, after our engagement, Ron just finished escorting a tour and Rose was on a layover from ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tochigi January 19th 2022

Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi prefecture is known for its colorful collection of wisterias that bloom every spring. Although winter is off-season for flowers, the park is a must-visit during colder months. The stunning winter illumination event held at the park is considered one of the three greatest winter illuminations in Japan. The illumination features over 5 million colorful LED lights at the vast park of 100,000 square meters with the concept of the lights and flowers. Many of their lights are actually in the shape of different flowers. We will be discovering ponds filled with lilac-colored water lily lights, rose-like lights blooming from the ground, and wisteria-like lights dangling from wooden trellises. Strolling around the dreamy night garden will leave precious memories, and impressive postcards to share with your friends. Let's enjoy the magical col ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku January 3rd 2022

Most North Americans would shudder at the thought of themselves or others loudly slurping while eating, but in Japan, it’s not only expected, but encouraged. It’s believed that the practice originated as an url=https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nippon.com%2Fen%2Fviews%2Fb07501%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C3162a11af5934607449408d9cec29ae4%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637768157493118079%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=ZzYa81Yt2SCZR1a9Gtlzvb%2BN2AuX7o7EiJRmd3pijYQ%3D&reserved=0olfactory experience — slurping soba noodles simply augmented the aromatic flavors when air was taken in through the mouth at the same time. From there, as other dishes such as ramen proliferated, the practice did too. The custom, which is relegated to noodles only, does spark some url=http... read more
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Asia » Japan » Tokyo December 26th 2021

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the best places to see the iconic Mount Fuji. Japan’s highest mountain (at 3776 metres) is a perfectly shaped volcano and looks especially stunning when snow-capped in winter. Yusuke our heygo guide made three visits at different times of the day and each time we were lucky to have magnificent clear views of this iconic mountain. https://www.heygo.com/yusuke_tokyo... read more

Asia » Japan » Okinawa » Naha September 5th 2021

It was good to see Becka back doing tours in Okinawa. A knowledgable guide and explaining how Okinawa consists of 160 large and small islands including 47 inhabited islands. During the Pacific War, Okinawa was the site of the only land battle in Japan that involved civilians. After the war, Okinawa was placed under the administration of the United States. In 1972, Okinawa was returned to Japanese administration. We were in the port village of Tomari. We saw memorial stones relating to A Karate Master - The Origins of Karate can be traced back to Okinawa Island. A Kabuki story, & Commodore Perry. All well explained by Becka. As we walked towards the port area we passed a local school where Becka & James teach Karate and we saw the flower gardens that are tended by ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza July 30th 2021

With so much emphasis on the pandemic and its effect on the Olympics, very little is said about the country itself in the Olympic Games. Japan first participated in the Games in 1912. It was held in Stockholm, and Japan sent only two athletes. One was a sprinter (Yahiko Michima), the other a marathoner (Shizo Kanakuri), but neither won medals. Mishima made the semi finals, but Kanakuri did not finish his marathon. With the popularity and proven skills of Naomi Osaka, it is no surprise that Japan's first Olympic medal was in tennis at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Seiichiro Kashio and Ichiya Kumagae won silver in the doubles, with Kumagae winning another silver in singles. Osaka is the top-rated player in the world, and not coincidentally, the highest paid athlete in the world. Overall, ... read more
Osaka torch moment
Gold medalist Suni Lee

Asia » Japan » Kanagawa July 6th 2021

During the past year I have been taking live stream virtual trips around the world, usually these have been sightseeing or walking tours but this tour sounded very interesting as the Japanese guide took us into her home to explain about the world of Kimono. Eriko demonstrated three different type of Kimono and how they are represented to show respect for different occasions, whether for doing the dishes, house chores or taking a bath, to visiting friends or for more formal occasions. Eriko’s great grandfather was a Kimono Master Craftsman, the kimonos he made for family members have now been passed down the generations and Eriko was very proud to have worn a very beautiful purple one for her brothers wedding. Formal kimonos are worn on special occasions and celebrations - even numbers are considered lucky ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kanagawa June 17th 2021

Japan has 30,000 Inari Shrines across the country that is famous for their picturesque vermilion torii gates. Inari shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Inari which represents rice, the essential element of Japanese food. To express gratitude to the deity of the shrine, visitors traditionally donate a torii gate whenever their wish comes true or when making a prayer for prosperity. This tradition has been carried out over several centuries now, and as a result the shrine has accumulated countless gates, giving them the name senbondorii (“a thousand gates”). Legend has it that Minamoto Yoritomo, the first Shogun of Kamakura was visited in a dream by an Inari, (a white fox) who advised him when to attack his enemies, thus ensuring a victory. Out of gratitude, Sasuke Inari Shrine was built in the 12th century ... read more




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