Rice Field Art, Ancient Lotus, Cherry Blossoms, Observation Tower, Nature Hall, Winter Illumination and Park (with small playground) at Kodai Hasu no Sato in Gyoda The city of Gyoda was virtually unknown to foreign tourists just a decade ago. It wasn’t particularly popular among Japanese tourists either, until a numberRead More →

Chichibu Night Festival from John Becker

At 2.02 am today, December 1st 2016 the Chichibu Night Festival, specifically the traditional music and performances of the festival, along with 32 festivals in Japan were confirmed and recorded as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Congratulations CHICHIBU. 🙂 UNESCO Chichibu Night Festival **Above photos, one of which is also used asRead More →

Day 19 of NaBloPoMo and continuing with a regular feature “Tokyo Thursday”. On a recent trip to Tokyo to get my hair done in Toni & Guy, Aoyama branch, I had the most wonderful walk through Shibuya. So much to discover on even a short walk through Tokyo Streets. MyRead More →

This August for 9 days from the 8th to the 16th there is a special Takara Tomica event being held at Pacifico Yokohama. Not only can you see how the factory operates, but the kids can make cars and play with plarail. Cost: Tickets bought in advance cost 900 yen forRead More →