A Side Street in Mariko

Last weekend, a friend and I visited a traditional handcrafts center in the town of Mariko, Shizuoka. There was made some windchimes, had a nice lunch, and went for a short walk. This is the entrance to someone’s house, along with the traditional gutter system, which these days are usually covered with stone slabs or […]

Golden Mie

Mie Prefecture is best described as spralling acres of farmland interspersed with rivers. Last weekend, a few friends and I went there for a sports meet. We got up super early and met up at the station, before riding a bus for a couple of hours to a gymnasium. On the way home, I managed […]

Rolling Hills

It’s hard to believe that Golden Week is over. It went by too fast. My next vacation isn’t until August. I also can’t believe that it’s something I can find complaint about. Back in the US, I never really had any holidays. If I was lucky, I might have Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Easter off. […]

Changing

The leaves are starting to change. It’s slow going for now, but I’m expecting an explosion of color soon. When that happens, I plan to take a trip West, to Kyoto. I’m told that it’s one of the best places to see the fall foliage.

Fujisan and Lake Biwa

If you ever have a chance to visit Yamanashi, I would recommend that you do. The area has a lot to see, things to do, and foods to eat. Also, if wine is your thing, I’m told that it is one of the things Yamanashi is known for. As I am unable to drink, I […]