The latest addition to Japan Rail East's trains, the ultra luxurious Shiki Shima just returned from it's maiden trip last week! The Shiki Shima (lit. "Four Season Island" - side note - the Japanese are very proud of the fact that there are four distinct seasons in Japan. For some reason, they seem to think … Continue reading All Aboard! Japan’s Shiki – Shima
Three hours from Osaka, and four hours from Kyoto by bus is Shimane Prefecture, a beautiful rural prefecture in the southwest of Japan, and one of the first places in people inhabited in Japan, is a rather underrated tourist destination. It is full of beautiful rural and historic places to visit, and bordered by the … Continue reading My Five Favorite Places in Shimane (and Tottori)
Sanja Matsuri, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, is celebrated at Asakusa Tokyo's Sensouji Temple on the third weekend in May to honor the three men who established and founded Sensouji Temple. Over that Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a number of events including singing and dancing are held, however, the main part of … Continue reading Sanja Matsuri
Every year the city of Hino, Tokyo hosts a two day festival celebrating the Shinsengumi!! The town gets all decked out, and there is a competition to decide who gets to play the main members of the Shinsengumi in the parade on Sunday and a "Kimono Queen" contest besides a number of performances that take … Continue reading Hino Shinsengumi Festival
When thinking of food from Japan, most people's first thought is "Sushi!!". Another amazing part of the food culture in Japan is the food at festivals. Normally at festivals you see lines upon lines of brightly colored food stalls selling a huge variety of traditional (and not so traditional) Japanese food and treats. Just a … Continue reading Festival Food
Osaka - the second biggest city in Japan, and well known for being the city with the most eccentric personality, and for Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle, the only traditional Japanese building breaking up a skyline of skyscrapers and the place the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, fled to after abdicating his position of shogun, is one … Continue reading Osaka Castle – Its Always a Party!
As a musician, its only natural that one of my favorite things in the world is to take a twelve hour bus ride to hear concerts ("lives" as the Japanese call them) in Shibuya, Tokyo. Not too long ago, there was a live event for my favorite Jpop/Rock singer and musical theatre actor, Kimeru at … Continue reading Concert in Shibuya
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