Spring flowers Hana no Oasis

April Flowers – the when and where of ten different flowers and their meaning in Japan. Whether you live in or are planning to visit Japan, you can be certain that in April you have a choice of flowers to admire. Moreover, April – specifically early April – is famousRead More →

Shimokubo dam and Kanna Lake Saitama / Gunma

I have been to several dams in Japan over the years. They are all very picturesque and the engineering admirable. I never really had a favorite… until earlier this month. I was instantly bewitched when I visited the Shimokubo Dam that straddles Fujioka City in Gunma and Kamikawa town inRead More →

Kanasana shrine Kamikawa

Kanasana Shrine is a rare type of shrine that preserves koshinto, the old form of shinto worship. At Kanasana they venerate the entire mountain, Mt Mitake, as a God in the back of the worship hall. Supposedly there are only three shrines of this kind in all of Japan. Also,Read More →

Saitama Cherry Blossoms Honjo cherry blossoms

Saitama Cherry Blossoms – Hanami and cherry blossom season 2021. At the time of writing this in October 2020, Japan were aiming to reopen the country to international tourists from April 2021*. It is now March and unfortunately this will not happen. It would have been nice to have beenRead More →