Hunting Hydrangeas in Kita-Kamakura

My friend Harry and I love hydrangeas, though he calls them “Old Grandma” flowers. While not the most dramatic or fragrant, I think of hydrangeas as big pom-poms of colorful cloud blooms. They’re soft to the touch, and pleasing to the eye – I mean, could you ask anything more of a flower (other than […]

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Kyoto: Nara and Inari

Oh, my feet are bleeding tonight. I have a blister on my heel that makes me want to weep a little. It’s all Inari-sama’s fault, but I’ll get to that. We left early in the morning to go to Nara. As I mentioned, I was in Japan because I wanted to help a friend complete […]

Kyoto: Bamboo and Samurai

Note: This is retrospective, as I’ve been back for a little while. It will flip-flop on tenses, so please be patient. I woke with the sun full on my face – our AirBnB apartment has windows that face full east. It was a glorious, golden morning – though chilly at the end of March. My […]

Shaking Dust

And so it was I shook the dust from my feet, took off, and crossed another ocean. I randomly agreed to be B’s bucket list travel buddy, as Japan is his 30th birthday present to himself. I’m paying it forward in a way. Just as I asked people to accompany me on my dream trip, […]