Tourists come to the small city of Kurashiki to see an area that looks much like it did in the 17th century: the Bikan merchant quarter, which is centered around an ancient stone-line canal.
Month: June 2017
The Bamboo Forest
A stroll through the famed Sagano Bamboo Grove of giant Moso bamboo...
Nara is Ideal for a Self-Guided Temple Tour on Foot
The helpful woman at the Nara Tourist Information Center (Kansai Main Line Railway Station) placed a copy of the city map on the counter and quickly sketched out a route for us to see "the best sights in Nara" as requested by Rosemary. That was the start of a wonderful day of walking...
When You Live in Kyoto, Parking at Home Can be a Challenge
In Japan a population of almost 127 million lives in an area less than the size of the state of Maine. Which means home parking can be challenging in the city...
Shopping for Norens
A noren is a partial height hanging fabric with vertical slits that serves as a room divider. They are often seen at the entrance to small shops. We went out shopping for them...
Hiking up Mt. Atago: a Million Steps
Or at least it seemed like that many steps. When you gain 3,000 vertical feet in just under 3 miles, the trail has to be steep...
Where Are the Electric Cars in Japan?
EV sales in Japan aren't growing. Is it the relatively high cost of electricity, a lack of compelling vehicle choices, or simply resistance to change?
Hiroshima: Never Again
That is the message of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, located less than a mile from the site of the first of what is so far only two instances of nuclear weapons used in combat.
Riding the Shinkansen at 172.7mph — Will the Future be Faster?
Japan's extensive rail network makes traveling there simple. The Shinkansen train makes traveling fast! I clocked it today at 172.7mph. But what will the future bring?