Photos and musings from around Japan



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. 


August 25, 2019

**Japan: a love letter**

Many of my Japanese friends and my students ask me what it is I love about Japan.

When I was a child, our neighbors across the street were Japanese and I was frequently invited over to their house to play with their daughter and to stay for dinne...

August 23, 2019

Before we begin this story, let me rewind to last May. 

I had just returned from Nikko. 

For the last several years, it's been my tradition to purchase a yukata (a lightweight summer cotton garment similar to a kimono), which is commonly worn at summer festivals and fire...

August 15, 2019

Hotel Gajoen’s “Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan” illumination, now in its fifth year, features illuminated arts and crafts by more than 40 individuals and organizations in celebration of Japan’s traditional arts, crafts and colorful summer festivals.

The centerpiece of...

August 12, 2019

For the first time, the symbol of “ART AQUARIUM”, the popular three-part series of enormous Kingyo bowls titled “Oiran” “OoOku” “Super Oiran”, and “Lotusrium”, an impressive piece approximately 4m square with a lotus motif, will be displayed at the same venue,
along wit...

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