Tagged with autumn

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘nostalgia‘. I wasn’t going to do another photo blog this week, but this theme was too good to resist. The word ‘nostalgia’ instantly makes me think of the Japanese word ‘natsukashii’ (懐かしい), which is one of those wonderful untranslatable words the Japanese language has so many of. It’s feeling … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Takamatsu

Japan 2015: Takamatsu

It was Tuesday 8th December when I arrived in Takamatsu (高松), Kagawa Prefecture (香川県). I was immediately hit by what a beautiful, clean city it seemed to be, and thrilled to see the blue sky was following me on my journey. After a morning of hotel visits and work things, I set off to explore … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kurama and Kibune

Japan 2015: Kurama and Kibune

On Saturday 28th November I strapped my hiking shoes on once again and set off for an autumnal hike in the northern mountains of Kyoto. My plan was to take the train from Kyoto to Kurama (鞍馬), then hike to Kibune (貴船) before returning to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is a great city, but in … Continue reading

Autumn in Kyoto Garden

Autumn in Kyoto Garden

Last weekend in amongst all the craziness of HYPER JAPAN I decided to take a few moments of peace for myself and visit Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. Despite having lived in London for a number of years, I had never made it to Holland Park, so this was my first time to visit the … Continue reading

Leaf peeping

Leaf peeping

The two most popular times to visit Japan are spring and autumn – spring for the cherry blossom (桜 / sakura), and autumn for the coloured leaves (紅葉 / koyo). In spring, people have hanami (花見 / literally, flower viewing) parties, and in autumn people do momijigari (紅葉狩 / literally, hunting red leaves or maple leaves). Here in … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 36

A to Wa of Japan: Week 36

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  め (me) and we looked at Meibutsu (名物). This week we are looking at things beginning with も (mo). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Nippaku suggested Momotaro (桃太郎 / the legendary Peach Boy); Japan Australia suggested momo (もも … Continue reading

紅葉 (Autumn leaves in Hamamatsu)

First, I’ll apologise for this being a lazy blog. What I mean by “lazy” is that it’s going to be more pictures than words.  There are two reasons for that… (1) I have been writing a novel this month (see NaNoWriMo) and don’t want to run out of words before the deadline. (2) I think … Continue reading

The season of hearty appetites (食欲の秋)

I love to read a wonderful blog called Surviving in Japan (Without Much Japanese) and, this month, that blog is hosting the Japan Blog Matsuri (thanks Ashley!). So, I thought I’d join in and submit my post to the festival fun.  If you’re sitting there thinking “What is Japan Blog Matsuri??”, click here to find … Continue reading

Tokugawaen – Autumn illumiations

Yesterday I visited Tokugawaen, a Japanese style garden in Nagoya.  It’s somewhere I’ve been before, but this time it was open after dark for some special illumiations.  Basically they had lots of well placed lights to illuminated the autumn leaves, and it was very very pretty.  I don’t think my photos really do it justice, … Continue reading