buddhist temple · Japan Travel

Hither, thither and yon

Well, maybe not quite that far-flung, but a couple of weekends ago I flew from here to Tokyo, immediately headed to deep suburban Saitama, back to Tokyo … back to Saitama, and then to Yokohama the next day. Busy bee, that’s me. My initial foray into Saitama was to visit the Taoist temple Granrodeo used…… Continue reading Hither, thither and yon

Concerts · Fukuoka · General Life · Japan Travel · Rodeogirl

Sneaky September

Another whirlwind month gone by. Another insanely busy set of weekends. September has been quite a full month, even with two and a half weekends at home. I started the month by managing to embarrass myself face-to-face with Granrodeo (my Japanese deserted me post-haste when the lead singer took my hands; the guitarist teased me…… Continue reading Sneaky September

General Life · Japan Travel

August, gone in a flash

I really should write more often. I have things to write about, but I’m generally not around on weekends, and too tired during the week to “put pen to paper,” as it were. When last I left off, I was about to dash to Osaka for more Granrodeo shows. Which I did, and they were…… Continue reading August, gone in a flash

Japan Travel

Planes, trains and automobiles, part the first: Flying in Japan

Since I am scurrying around Japan on a regular basis, I thought I’d share my thoughts and some tips about how I manage to accomplish this, starting with air travel. I should point out that I am spoiled:  Fukuoka airport is the most convenient one I’ve ever used. From walking out my apartment door to…… Continue reading Planes, trains and automobiles, part the first: Flying in Japan

Japan Travel · Rodeogirl

Where in Japan is Summerqueen?!

When last we left our intrepid Rodeo Girl, she was recuperating from sinusitis (Pro tip, children: if you’re taking prescription allergy meds, don’t decide to just stop cold turkey; that’s what I did and opened up my poor nose as a gateway to a previously unknown hell. Just don’t) and preparing to jet off to…… Continue reading Where in Japan is Summerqueen?!

Food · Fukuoka · Japan Travel · Rodeogirl

I’ve been remiss….

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….

Fukuoka · Japan Travel

Miyajidake Shrine

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