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
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?!
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
Last summer when I visited Sapporo for a pair of Granrodeo concerts, it was smack in the middle of three typhoons. One had just moved on, one was in residence, and a third was almost there. When it wasn’t pouring cats and dogs, I found Sapporo to be very charming, and because I didn’t get…… Continue reading Sapporo Weekend
Spring in Japan is a succession of flower explosions, starting early with the plum blossoms. Sakura, azalea and wisteria follow in quick succession from March-April. I’ve managed some prime plum, sakura and azalea viewing before, but until last week, had not managed to catch the wisteria in bloom, other than a few small trellises locally.…… Continue reading Kameido Shrine wisteria
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