Forest temple

An old Japanese caretaker was sweeping crisp brown leaves off the stones of the staircase. To his left was a row of small granite statuettes and gravestones in a manicured garden. On his right, a plush carpet of fluffy, wet moss hosted a grove of thin, bare trees, scratching at an overcast sky. We climbed … More Forest temple

Winter cherry blossom

A suburb of Tokyo with lazy canals, rows of cherry blossoms, quiet streets and old buildings? In my mind’s eye, I pictured a mini-Amsterdam in Japan! However – this was still the mighty concrete jungle of Tokyo, so what we actually found in Nakameguro were high-walled, concrete stormwater channels stained green from algae. It was … More Winter cherry blossom

Pop Culture Tokyo!

During our time in Tokyo, we made sure to check out two of Tokyo’s hubs of pop culture – Akihabara for gaming, manga, and anime; and Harajuku for fashion, sweet treats and cat costumes! Akihabara Akihabara earned its nickname ‘electric town’ several decades ago when this was the place the buy all kinds of cheap … More Pop Culture Tokyo!