Photos and musings from around Japan



July 27, 2019

For my second trip to Lake Chuzenji / Kegon and Ryuzu Falls, I decided to enlist the help of a local expert. Despite short notice, I contacted the Utsunomiya Goodwill Guides and was assigned a wonderful local guide Yumiko, a retired schoolteacher, who lead me around Ok...

July 26, 2019

One of my goals was to visit Kameido Tenjin 亀戸天神社 for their annual wisteria festival 藤祭; I finally visited on my birthday this year!! 😊✨ be sure to get the beautiful 御朱印帳 with embroidered iridescent wisteria!

Free admission:

Kameido Tenjin Shrine
3-chōme-6-1 Kameido, Kot...

July 21, 2019

Good morning from Hirobumi Ito Villa, the beautiful seaside home of Japan’s first prime minister (free admission!!)

This beautiful property only recently came to my attention and had been on my radar.

Located near Kanazawa Hakkei, it was my first time riding the Kanazawa...

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