Photos and musings from around Japan



March 23, 2018

I fell into a deep, dreamless sleep nearly as soon as I got back to my hotel late Friday night. 

I woke up at 0430, excited at the prospect of revisiting Saihoji (better known as Kokedera, “Moss Temple,” due to its gardens composed of dozens of varieties of velvety mos...

March 21, 2018

Kyoto has long been my favorite destination on earth; I am perpetually enchanted by its timeless bamboo groves, historic temples, and the many visible aspects of Japanese culture and refinement that originated here - Nishijin textiles, the tea ceremony, shojin ryori /...

March 5, 2018

This was my third year attending the Miurakaigan cherry blossom festival, which celebrates the early-blooming kawazuzakura (河津桜) found around Izu. There are 1,000 kawazu cherry trees planted from the Miurakaigan Station to Komatsu Pond, making for a gorgeous 1-km strol...

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