• Japan

    Watching Fireworks with A Million People

    No one does crowds like the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo The Sumidagawa is a large river that snakes through Tokyo’s downtown. There are several bridges crossing over it downtown near the Asakusa district, which is where the fireworks festival is held…

  • Guides,  Japan

    Sweet Japanese Wagashi

    Last Thursday, Yasuno sensei took our Cultural Anthropology class to visit a Japanese confectionary shop around the corner from Yamaguchi Prefectural University. There we learned all about wagashi. These amaimono (sweet things) are a traditional go-along with green tea in Japan.…

  • Japan

    My Neighbour’s Radishes are Doing Well

    Here’s a large Japanese radish that my neighbor grows, here in Miyano. They’re known as “daikon” (大根)which literally means “big root”. It’s one of Japan’s biggest agricultural items, with different pieces of the daikon showing up all over in the…

  • Japan

    Visit to Rurikō-ji Temple

    Update 1: my sleeping schedule seems to have righted itself! I slept in all the way until 7am this morning! Woop! Update 2: I’ve started playing around with HDR, as seen in the photo of the pagoda taken at Rurikō-ji,…

  • Japan

    Pancake Breakfast in Japan

    It’s easy to miss your normal breakfast when staying in another country.  For normal breakfast here is a container of nattou (fermented soybeans – they taste gross, but are really good for you) and an orange; maybe some toast and…