Wisteria Festival at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

  Wisteria flowers begin blooming all at once starting in late April to early May. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are comprised of several bunches and look stunning when dangled from trellises. The best place to see them is Kameido Tenjin Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the god of study. People visit the shrine not only … More Wisteria Festival at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Baseball Night

It was at Meiji Jingu Stadium in 1978 while watching a baseball game that Haruki Murakami had the revelation that he could write a novel. I no longer dream of writing my own novel (too lazy) nor even think of hitting a ball even if I use a paddle (zero talent at hitting anything round). … More Baseball Night

Spring Break: Akita

Traveling farther north from Niigata to Akita via Murakami is where the most interesting views of the west coast of Japan could be seen. Akita Prefecture is located in the northwestern Tohoku region and has lots to offer from old samurai towns, mountains, beautiful lakes, as well as traditional hot springs. It is a little … More Spring Break: Akita