A One Time Event

“Let’s try it once, so we can say we’ve done it. And then let’s never do it again.” “Agreed.” I’ve been curious, so very, very curious. I have a lot of angry feelings about how Japan harvests from the sea – the tuna population is in collapse, changes to yearlong trawling practices are going slowly […]

Fuji-Q Highlands : Investigating Terror

I had heard of Fuji-Q Highlands in my first visit to Japan. The advertisement did not make me feel confident in the amusement park on the whole – it featured an old animation “loose mouth” character screaming in Japanese to come to Fuji-Q. I passed, and continued to pass until recently, when a group of […]

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 […]

Hiking in Japan: Nokogiriyama

Whew! It’s been a long break, and I have a whole list of topics which require attention. So let’s get to it! Looking for an enjoyable hike outside of Tokyo? You should try Nokogiriyama! First of all, you get to take a ferry. It’s a bit of a walk from Keikyu-Kurihama or Kurihama station, so […]

A Weekend of Cultural Woofs

Sakura season is coming to an end – by the time this goes to print I think all but the sturdiest cherry blossoms will have been stripped by the powerful winds that have been blowing through Yokohama/Tokyo the past few days. I have a sort of philosophy about Sakura and why it’s so popular here […]