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Tokyo Walking 18 東京ウォーキング

Throwback Thursday: While Kawasaki is not strictly Tokyo (it's in nearby Kanagawa Prefecture), I decided a while back to keep at least the Kanto region posts as Tokyo Walking. Otherwise I'd eventually have 47 categories (Japan has 47 prefectures in total)! Which, after thinking about it isn't a bad idea, but since these posts ...

Creepy Santa ー A Visit to a Gertwiller Gingerbread Factory サンタさん、怖っ!ゲルトヴィラーのジンジャーブレッドファクトリー

Throwback Thursday means creepy Santa! No Tokyo this time! I went home to visit my parents for Xmas 2011, and it was a relatively peaceful trip. Despite all the hype before Christmas, things tend to wind down and a lot of places close early for the holidays. I don't blame them. My parents live in Alsace, France, and the area ...

Autumn Colors in Kinugawa Onsen 鬼怒川温泉の紅葉 Part 2

Earlier this week, I posted some photos from outside the ryokan we were staying at this time last year. I took more photos that I thought I had, so for Throwback Thursday, I'm going to inundate you guys with more red, orange and yellow leaves! These photos are from our walk around the town of Kinugawa Onsen in Nikko, Tochigi. ...

Autumn Colors in Kinugawa Onsen 鬼怒川温泉の紅葉 Part 1

Last year, I went on a girls' trip to a 旅館 (ryokan - traditional Japanese-style hotel) in Kinugawa Onsen, a hot spring resort area. (Although onsen itself means hot spring, the whole area is named Kinugawa Onsen, and not just Kinugawaーapparently just to confuse people like me.) Kinugawa (鬼怒川) literally means ...

Tokyo Walking 17 東京ウォーキング

Throwback Thursday: I took so many photos back when I was walking everywhere, I had a huge surplus of them. Some didn't (and still don't) need to be shared, but there would always be a few that I liked, or stood out in some way and I wanted to share them. These "left behind" ones end up being some of my favoritesーespecially ...

Tokyo Walking 16 東京ウォーキング

Throwback Thursday: As winter approaches, it's nice to look back to summer and remember that it could be worseーrather than freezing cold wind gusts through your house, you could be sweating up a stormーjust through the heavy effort of breathing. I jest...mostly. At this point, I'd been in Tokyo for about two months. I ...

Japan’s Other Flower Viewing CustomーChrysanthemum Exhibitions

Most people have heard of 花見 (hanami), the Japanese tradition of cherry blossom viewing in Spring. While this custom is often more about drinking and relaxing with friends than actually looking up at the trees, it's a tradition that is deeply integrated into Japanese culture. The same goes for 紅葉 (kouyou), the Autumn ...