Otaru Light Festival

Every year the village of Otaru puts on a light festival in conjunction with the Sapporo Snow Festival. While the Sapporo Snow Festival feels big and corporate the Otaru Light Festival feels smaller and more spiritual, which is exactly how the village residents who put on the festival every year intended … Read More

Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido occurs every year, usually during the first two weeks of February. This past week we ventured up to Sapporo to take in the sites and squeeze in a day of skiing too. Day 1 There are three Sapporo Snow Festival sites: Odori, Susukino, and Tsudome. The … Read More

Toshimaen Fishing Park

During the summer Toshimaen Amusement Park is a favorite spot for Tokyo’s residents to cool off. With a water park and an amusement park side by side it is kind of like Six Flags or Busch Gardens, just with not as many max adrenaline roller coaster rides. It’s a family friendly … Read More

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is one of the larger ski resorts in Japan, but it hasn’t succumbed to modernization like Naeba (another big snow resort destination in Japan). The village of Nozawa Onsen dates back to the 8th century and is famous for its natural onsens aka hot springs, it was also the location for … Read More

Tama River Bass Fishing

The content put forth in written and visual form in the latest issue of Tenkara Angler is nothing short of superb, and it is chocked full of inspiration too. After reading Tenkara Transformation by Mike Lutes & Matt Sment I was reminded how when I lived in Maryland I really enjoyed … Read More

Japanese Architecture

When I was a kid, no more than 10 or 11, I took a class on architecture. I really enjoyed the class and remember traipsing about the small town USA community of Redlands, California identifying homes of varying styles of architecture. The neighborhoods were a veritable melting pot of building styles spanning many decades of … Read More

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