Sweets of regions – Hoba-maki (2021-05-31)

Hoba-maki is a sweet of specialty in Kiso Region of Nagano Prefecture, which is made of rice flour and sweet red beans wrapped in hoba, and steamed.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (express train 2:30) Shiojiri (express train 0:27) Kiso-fukushima @   It’s only made in early summer between late May and middle July when hoba, the young… Read more →

Season’s topic- Cherry blossom in citrus grove (2021-03-13)

Spring is coming. Early-blossom varieties of cherry have started to bloom.   One day in this week, Webmaster had a walk to citrus groves in the hillside of his home town. Most of the deciduous trees do not bud yet.   The season of mandarin oranges, which is the most popular and most produced, has finished already, but some other… Read more →

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 →