Komagata Shrine

Hello all! Tiny post here. I received a GoPro as an early birthday present, so this evening Paul and I went out to the rice fields to practice with it in preparation for our Kyoto trip next month! On our way home we found ourselves near a tiny shrine called Komagata. (The light was almost … Continue reading Komagata Shrine

Tatebayashi Men-1 Grand Prix

Hello everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted; I’ve been a bit sick and out-of-sorts, but I’m finally starting to feel better. On October 1st we went to Tatebayashi’s annual Men-1 Grand Prix. Men is the Japanese word for “noodles,” and it is a noodle-lover’s paradise! There were stands from different restaurants all over – … Continue reading Tatebayashi Men-1 Grand Prix

Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

Hi everybody! Last week Monday was a holiday, so our lovely friend Yusuke drove us and a couple others up to Nikko. Nikko is about two hours north of Tokyo, nestled up in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. It’s famous for the ornate Toshogu Shrine, the resting place of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, … Continue reading Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

Dinner at the Tabeis’

こんにちは! Last Friday Paul and I went to our friend Saki’s house for dinner. We’ve known Saki for about four years now – she was one of our first Japanese friends in Tatebayashi! She lives with her parents in a lovely Japanese-style house, complete with tatami (woven straw) and shoji (sliding doors with paper stretched … Continue reading Dinner at the Tabeis’