Photos and musings from around Japan



December 2, 2019

This is not a bad view to wake up to!!

Our next morning after breakfast, we headed out for the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center first, followed by Fuji Sengen Hongu Taisha.

 The Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center features numerous exhibits about the mountain, as well as the...

December 2, 2019

In 2018, I met up with my Dutch friend and Japanese restauranteur Anja in Kamakura and Kyoto, so when she told me she would be available in October 2019, I made plans to go to Mt Takao and Fujinomiya together. We were joined by Dutch cookbook author and Japanese fermen...

October 9, 2019

The word “Zen” may conjure different images for different people. In the west, Zen has acquired a sort of mystical intrigue (where the word “Zen” is frequently used as a marketing tool), but the true practice of Zen is very simple as explained by Tokozenji東光禅寺 Head Abb...

September 14, 2019

On September 21st and 22nd, 2019, the Zen 2.0 Foundation will convene Zen 2.0 – the Third Annual Global Mindfulness Forum in Kamakura, in the Heart of Japanese Zen – Kencho-ji Temple, the first temple in Japan dedicated to Zen training.

The 2019 theme of Zen 2.0 is “Co...

September 6, 2019

This story begins long, long ago, circa 1990 or so when I was in the fifth grade. 

My mom had signed me up for an introduction to Japanese language and culture class. It was love at first sight as I was introduced to Japanese letters, snacks, popular culture, and especi...

September 5, 2019

My newer readers may not be aware that I have spent over a decade as a cookbook reviewer and food writer; I have a collection of over 500 cookbooks and my collection has been featured on Eat Your Books and I was also asked to contribute a list of my favorites to 1...

September 3, 2019

Having lived in Japan for four years, Japanese food (specifically homestyle cuisine) is a topic near and dear to my heart, so I was thrilled when my friend Atsuko Ikeda released “Atsuko’s Japanese Kitchen,” which contains the wisdom accumulated over more than 10 years...

August 27, 2019

One of my fellow writers at Stars and Stripes Japan alerted me to this wonderful neighborhood gem, which is actually a small recycled wastewater pond next to the water treatment plant. It is home to a variety of insects and birds including dragonflies, crawfish, and ki...

August 26, 2019

For the last two years I have been heavily involved in supporting and promoting Japanese men’s rhythmic gymnastics. This uniquely powerful, artistic sport was invented here in Japan over 70 years ago and is practiced by approximately 2,000 gymnasts today. 


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