Well, more accurately, I’ve been swamped with work, running around Japan on weekends and been down with something not quite a cold, but just as evil. So no energy for writing. Finally on the mend (no more harboring Asomodeus and Beelzebub in my sinuses), but still on the run … and swamped with work. June…… Continue reading I’ve been remiss….
Move over Nanzoin temple, I have a new local favourite place: Miyajidake shrine in Fukutsu. I had been meaning to visit Miyajidake for months, since it’s just a short train ride out of town, but never quite seemed to make it. The shrine itself is dedicated to Empress Jingu, an intriguing quasi-historical figure dating from…… Continue reading Miyajidake Shrine
In December 2016, 33 different Japanese matsuri (festivals) were elevated to UNESCO Cultural Intangible Property status. And two weeks ago, five selected Kyushu matsuri celebrated in downtown Fukuoka with a trimmed down, but still impressive, display of the mikoshi (floats) that feature so prominently in the festivals. The matsuri represented included: Hakata Gion Yamakasa Gyoji,…… Continue reading Matsuri With the Kyushu
Been meaning to write this up for a while, and if I don’t now, Rodeo season will devour me before I get to it…. After the trip out of town, we needed a day of rest, so we slept in, and only visited Hakozaki Shrine and Hakata station (including the tiny shrine at the very…… Continue reading Family trip, last bits
No, not that season. It’s chocolate season. That wonderful time of the year, during the run up to Valentine’s Day, when there is a veritable gauntlet of tasty chocolate out there, just begging to be purchased and devoured. Much has been written on the difference between Valentine’s in Japan and the U.S., so I’ll just…… Continue reading Tis the season
2016 has come and gone, and 2017 has begun, with lovely weather and adventures awaiting. Spent a lovely, quiet Christmas with my parents in Georgia. It inadvertently became a Colin Firth Christmas, as I saw four separate movies with him, one of which was excellent, two of which were entertaining and one that was sadly…… Continue reading Howdy, 2017
November’s a flash in the rear-view mirror, and summer already a distant memory. All too soon (not soon enough?) the new year will be here. It has gotten chillier: I am curled up with electric blanket and space heater as I watch ice skating. And, as Japan early embraced Christmas, I have been enjoying the…… Continue reading Hurtling towards 2017