Spot report – Hakone-jinja Shrine (2020-08-08)

Webmaster visited Hakone-jinja Shrine. The shrine is located at the shore of Lake Ashinoko on Mt. Hakone. Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (bus 1:10) Moto-hakone (walk 0:15) @   Mt. Hakone is an active volcano with huge caldera, and Ashinoko is a caldera lake.     This lake has a legend of the dragon with nine heads which had caused… Read more →

Season’s topic – The memorial day of Horishima (2020-08-06)

6th August is the memorial day of Hiroshima on which the atomic bomb was exploded 75 years ago, at 8:15AM of 6th August 1945. (Wikipedia)   Some 350 thousands people lived in Hiroshima City at that time. 80 thousands were killed directly by the explosion, and 140 thousands had died until the end of the year by the acute symptom… Read more →

Season’s topic – Amagaeru Frogs (2020-07-21)

It’s still in rainy season in the central part of Japan. Rice plants are growing up well.     When having a walk after the rain this morning, Webmaster encountered many frogs resting on leaves at the riverside of a stream.     Those are amagaeru frogs (Hylinae japonica), the commonest frog in Japan.   Well grown individuals become more… Read more →

Spot report – Apricot blossom in Fuchu Museum (2020-02-19)

Webmaster visited the apricot garden in Fuchu City Kyodonomori Museum (Fuchushi-kyodonomori-hakubutsukan) this week.   Tokyo (local train 0:50) Bubaigawara (bus 0:06/walk 0:20) Kyodonomori-seimon-mae @   Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) blooms in February, about one month and half earlier than cherry blossom. Therefore, we Japanese consider apricot blossom a notice of that the arrival of spring is not very far.  … Read more →

Spot report – Riding Steam Locomotive (2020-02-10)

Webmaster went to ride a steam locomotive (SL) in Yokokawa of Gunma Prefecture last weekend.   Tokyo (shinkansen 0:55) Takasaki (local train 0:35) Yokokawa @   The steam locomotive stars from Yokokawa Station, which is a small station located at the Eastern foot of Usui Pass. The railroad extended to the other side of the pass until 1997 when Bullet… Read more →

Spot report – Otsuka Museum of Art (2019-12-18)

Webmaster visited Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima Prefecture last week.   This museum is of fine art ceramic reproductions. The museum houses more than one thousand reproductions of treasured Western artworks in actual size, from ancient frescoes to modern paintings.   Although all exhibited are reproductions, but those are reproduced (printed on ceramic boards) very detailedly. Moreover, visitors… Read more →

Spot report – Takayama (2019-11-22)

Webmaster visited Takayama three weeks ago. Takayama is a small city in the central mountainous region, which maintains an atmosphere of old Japanese town.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 1:45) Nagoya (express train 2:25) Takayama @   Sakurayama-hachiman Shrine   Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall   Miyagawa Morning Market and colored carp in Miyagawa River.   Jin’ya Morning Market   Historic… Read more →