Posted in May 2014

Postcard from Japan: Untouched Tohoku

Postcard from Japan: Untouched Tohoku

Today I travelled by train from Hiraizumi to Hanamaki, and then to Tono, first taking the JR Tohoku Line, and then the JR Kamaishi Line. I had rather a long time to wait either at Hiraizumi or Hanamaki and, having already spent enough time in Hiraizumi I opted for Hanamaki. It was a pretty small … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Pure Land

Postcard from Japan: Pure Land

I visited the World Heritage Site Hiraizumi today – here’s a picture of the garden at Motsuji: The weather decided to turn a little when I got there, but it was still beautiful.

Postcard from Japan: Kokeshi

Postcard from Japan: Kokeshi

こけしのこころは見る人の心をうつすこころです “Kokeshi no kokoro wa miru hito no kokoro o utsusu kokoro desu” “The kokeshi’s heart is the heart that reflects the mind of the beholder” (or something like that!)

Postcard from Japan: Following in Basho’s footsteps

Postcard from Japan: Following in Basho’s footsteps

Yesterday I finally made it to the ‘mountain temple’ – Yamadera. The 1000 or so steps to the top were a bit of a killer, and I’m feeling it in my legs today, but boy was it worth it! It was incredible to tread the path that haiku poet Basho once trod…

Postcard from Japan: Monkey Magic

Postcard from Japan: Monkey Magic

I’ve been in Japan less than five full days and have already taken around 1,400 photos. Oops. I really couldn’t help myself when we visited the Jigokudani snow monkey park in Yudanaka Onsen today though. These Japanese macaques are just too damn cute.

Postcard from Japan: Hungry?

Postcard from Japan: Hungry?

Apart from chocolate and the odd banana, everything I’ve eaten so far in Japan has been Japanese food, and I’m loving it! Here’s a tiny selection of what I’ve sampled so far…