Shoboji's Legendary Gingko Tree

Shoboji’s Legendary Gingko Tree at Shoboji Temple, Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama ( previously Hatoyama) Previously I wrote about a summer drive we took in the Hatoyama and Higashimatsuyama area where I saw the most impressive gingko tree I’ve ever seen.  Last Autumn we revisited the area to witness the famed Autumn colours inRead More →

Sayama Inariyama Prefectural park or Inariyama Park for short. This article contains general information about the park as well as cherry blossom, barbecue and annual event information. There is a museum and cafe in the park. Inariyama Park Inariyama Park was once an American military facility; part of Johnson airport.Read More →

Glass blowing at Matsumoto Shoyu Factory

Free factory soy sauce factory tour at Matsumoto Shoyu, Kawagoe Soy Sauce Factory tour Kawagoe Free Soy Factory Tour Kawagoe – Where in Kawagoe to bring a visiting famous Japanese food chef and author?  This is the question that faced me when I was bringing Fiona Uyema, Ireland’s leading Japanese food expertRead More →

Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival in Tsurugashima City in the Western area of Saitama within commutable distance of Tokyo. Suneori Amagoi The Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival, which started in 1781, holds a number of cultural and festival accolades. The awards include the prestigious and coveted city designated intangible folkRead More →