Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge runs between the city of Akashi* and the island of Awaji and has the “longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.” (Wikipedia) It’s an engineering marvel and a beautiful bridge. I took these shots from Maiko Park, which is situated just below the point where the bridge leaves […]


demon island

03Feb17

Megijima island, which floats in the Seto Inland Sea just off of the port city of Takamatsu, is the home of demons. The island is associated with the mythical Onigashima (鬼ヶ島 – Demon Island) because of a series of man-made caves hidden away on the island’s sole mountain peak. According to several versions of the […]


Hikone snow

26Nov16

I’m not sure why I’ve been thinking about this trip to Hikone, which took place about four years ago, so much lately. Perhaps it’s because my last two entries both had to do with cherry blossoms and snow always rhymes visually with those white blooms of spring for me. Or perhaps it’s because the temperature […]


the 11th year

31Mar16

March 29 marks the anniversary of my arrival in Japan, where I’ve now lived for a total of ten full years, almost a quarter of my life. I celebrated the beginning of my 11th year of living in Japan with a trip to Sennyū-ji temple (泉涌寺) in Kyoto with the poets Yoko Danno and Kiyoko […]


This last autumn — way back on October 17th — I trucked over to Sasayama to attend the annual Sasayama Autumn Festival (篠山秋祭 — sasayama aki matsuri), which is officially called the Kasuga-jinja Religious Festival (春日神社の祭礼 — kasuga-jinja no sairei) and presumably has its origins as a harvest festival. The matsuri coincides closely with the […]


loomings

03Jan16

This year, for the second year in a row, I went to Toyama prefecture with a group of friends to eat kan-buri (寒ブリ), Japanese amberjack, which is at its seasonal peak in winter. We stayed just outside of the town of Himi (氷見), which is famous not only for its large fish market and the […]


It’s been a long time since I’ve taken any photos with my Ricoh GRD2, but today I decided to take it with me on a trip to Rurikei Onsen, where my friends and I went to spend an afternoon soaking in the hot springs. Before hitting the baths, however, we decided to take a short […]