Kurogi = love.
Tokyo is an incredible, vast, diverse city. It is the Japan of our dreams, the one we picture when we think of futuristic billboards, technology, quirky fashions, and so on. This is Shinjuku Crossing, kind of like Times Square, only crazier. I sat on the 2nd floor of a Starbucks and watched the crowds: I […]
My time in Japan has come to a close, and so I spent my last night in Chikugo attending this festival: The Daijayama Fire Festival features huge, dragon-shaped floats that breathe fire and are ridden by boys and men playing instruments and shooting fireworks. Children help adults pull the floats along the streets, and women […]
Annyang! I went to Korea last weekend. Here is a picture post of that trip, highlighting some of the interesting or funnier sights we saw. Pretty palace roof, far more elaborately decorated than anything in Japan: Guards outside the palace gates, at varying levels of attentiveness. We saw a changing of the guard happen a […]
Almost 2 years ago, I mentioned that my town was most famous for its really big tree. But it turns out I got the wrong tree! The real one is much more exciting. This is the tree Kurogi is famous for: There are actually over a dozen wisteria trees all gathered around a shrine, some […]
As usual, I biked to Mt. Kiyomizu on Sunday. Even though it was a little rainy, I wanted to spend some quiet time in my favorite temple. Sadly, I climbed the wet mountain only to find that the temple was closed! And yet… it was my best visit yet. A man wearing geta and simple, […]