Tobu Treasure Garden

Last weekend I went to the Tobu Treasure Garden, a beautiful gem tucked away just 15 minutes from Morinjimae Station on foot. There’s a neat nursery in there, an elegant shop with gardening supplies, tea sets, teas, and various herbal/flower soaps, etc., an outdoor cafe on a patio, and a restaurant inside the Victorian House. … Continue reading Tobu Treasure Garden


My favourite Japanese tradition is Hanami, or “flower-viewing.” It’s a springtime tradition in Japan, during which people bring out picnic blankets to sit in the park beneath the cherry blossom trees and eat, drink, and enjoy the company of friends. While hanami can refer to many different kinds of flowers, it is now primarily centred around cherry blossoms. Japanese … Continue reading Hanami