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February 9, 2019

日光 / Nikko Day 1: See No Evil, Hear No Evil My first time living and working in Japan in 2010-2011, I had originally planned to visit Nikko, Tochigi during Golden Week along with the Studio Ghibli Museum In Mitaka, but after the numerous disruptions caused by the Great...

February 9, 2019

My first time living and working in Japan in 2010-2011, I had originally planned to visit Nikko, Tochigi during Golden Week along with the Studio Ghibli Museum In Mitaka, but after the numerous disruptions caused by the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in March...

January 1, 2019

Despite having lived in Japan for 2.5 years, I had not attended any of the large-scale illuminations in Kanto / Tokyo before last December. One of the most impressive / spectacular is the "Jewel of Shonan" illuminations that cover Enoshima Island, particularly those in...

October 20, 2018

I am up in Tokyo for a two-day graduate seminar, but came up early to do a little exploring at Tsukiji Outer Market and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden!!

My first time living and working in Japan, I purchased some gorgeous vegetable cutters from Aritsugu (one of Japan’s olde...

October 13, 2018

After visiting and photographing the Wa no Akari illumination in Tokyo this summer, which also featured artwork by the collective MIRRORBOWLER, I was super excited to see their free installation at Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine in Zushi. It’s in a very small space, but the...

October 9, 2018

Hotel Gajoen’s “Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan” illumination, now in its fourth year, features over 1,000 artworks by 63 exhibitors in celebration of Japan’s traditional arts, crafts and colorful summer festivals. 


The centerpiece of “Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2018”...

July 7, 2018


My final adventure of the weekend was Kawagoe in nearby Saitama Prefecture; known as “Little Edo,” Kawagoe (川越) is located about 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo. Its main street is lined with buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1867).


My first stop was the Kawa...

July 6, 2018

One of my friends from a Japanese garden group I’m active on introduced me to these lovely strolling gardens in the heart of Tokyo (metro station Kiyosumi-Shirakawa on Oedo Line).
In 1878, the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro, chose this property to use a garden f...

July 6, 2018

Glorious collection of Edo-period buildings from around Tokyo in a beautiful open-air setting.

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