Photos and musings from around Japan



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...

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...

May 5, 2019

For Christmas 2018, I decided to split my trip between Kanazawa and Takayama (which I had previously visited with Odysseys Unlimited in 2016).

Much to my surprise, as I took the Hokuriku Shinkansen west from Tokyo, there was zero snow on the ground, even in Nagano. When...

May 5, 2019

After discovering Japanese art collective Mirrorbowler last year while on location for Wa no Akari, I ended up going to three more of their gorgeous installations in Tokyo, Zushi and Enoshima last year and was thrilled to see they had a gorgeous spring-themed installat...

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