• Shirakawa-koen: A Work of Art.
    September 28th, 2009By Category: Travel
    I find attending art exhibitions in Japan to be a frustrating experience. The prices are often extortionate, the pieces badly displayed, and the visitors herded through like cattle on their way to an abattoir. Exhibitions of work by artists like Monet, Dali, Van Gogh ... » Continue Reading
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    Gujo-Hachiman: Are You Dancing?
    September 24th, 2009By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Travel
    Gujo is rightly famous for it’s dance festival, considered amongst the top three in the country by whoever decides these things. Initiated over 400 years ago in an act of socialist generosity by Endo Yoshitaka, the festival was meant as a way of levelling Japan’s rigi ... » Continue Reading
  • Hajisui no to
    September 17th, 2009By Category: Travel
    On the northern outskirts of Nago city along a mountain road is a small stone monument marked by a lone sign along the highway. Many travelers who go this way in a hurry to points elsewhere will pass it right by without paying it any mind. Being nothing more than a st ... » Continue Reading
  • Lookin’ good at the beach with my bijin friends
    August 22nd, 2009By Category: Travel
    Hey, how's your summer going? Up here in Akita where I live, we are having an unseasonably cool summer...Not that I'm complaining mind you, but it does cut back on my days at the beach! And I love the beach!  Akita has some really nice sandy beaches along the cent ... » Continue Reading
  • Naha Ichiba, an experience for all five senses
    August 13th, 2009By Category: Travel
    Virtually every tourist who visits Okinawa will make the compulsory pilgrimage to Kokusai (international) Street just to walk around and browse all the tourist traps along the way. Many westerners will stop at one of several McDonald’s restaurants along the way just ... » Continue Reading
  • A Step Back in Time
    July 30th, 2009By Category: Travel
    Okinawa has many tourist attractions but I think that if you want to see the real Okinawa, some of the best places are the out of the way holes in the wall you just can't see from the main highway. Sure you'll have to do a little research and hunt a little bit to ... » Continue Reading
  • Summer Travel & Health
    July 9th, 2009By Category: Travel
    It's that time of year again when many of us will be venturing out to exotic and perhaps not-so-exotic destinations for the summer. As you pack your bags, you might be wondering, just what are the risks of travel? Will I come down with O'nyong-nyong fever? Ebola? Tung ... » Continue Reading
  • The King’s Road
    June 24th, 2009By Category: Culture, Travel
    It's been designated as one of the 100 most historic streets in all Japan and was built specifically for the personal use of the King of the Ryukyus. He, along with his family and entourage used it to travel to their second residence at the royal gardens. Over tim ... » Continue Reading
  • Naha, Okinawa: A Place in the Sun
    June 15th, 2009By Category: Culture, Travel
    When arriving in Naha, Okinawa, you will immediately feel there is something different about the place and about the people from mainland Japan. In fact, Okinawa today is a mix of Chinese, Japanese, and a sprinkle of American culture all thrown in together. (mor ... » Continue Reading
  • Yoro Park and the Site of Reversible Destiny
    May 12th, 2009By Category: Culture, Travel
    At the western edge of Gifu Prefecture, resting between the mountains and Ibigawa river lies Yoro, a daytrip idyll. Gifu can be short of ideas for those with children during the warmer months, but Yoro provides an inexpensive, varied and fun day for all. Yoro pa ... » Continue Reading

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