HIKONE, Shiga Prefecture–Fascinating tidbits from the daily lives of samurai warriors have been gleaned from a diary found four years
I visited Hikone castle in January 2015 with my friend Ohara san. It was a cold and snowy winters morning
A great article about how to identify the age of Japanese postcards. How to Ascertain the Date (or Time Period)
Fukuoka is the largest city in Kyūshū. From ancient times, the city’s proximity to the mainland has made it an
Kusado Sengen is the name of a medieval town that once used to be situated close to the mouth of
I am aware of the Toyotomi campaign in Korea but I was pleasantly unaware to the extent of the construction
The origins of the name “Yamagata” can be traced back to the early Heian Period (794-1192) of Japan. A dictionary
Wow, so busy teaching at the moment so I haven’t had time to do any more research into my next
The Sea of Okhotsk to the north and northeast of Hokkaidō plays no significant role in recorded Japanese history until
Riding the circular Yamanote Line on a Sunday in Tokyo, it is easy to daydream. Those who have found themselves
Last year my family and I visited the Sapporo Beer Factory. I have been there a few times but the
I never get tired of going to Mt Hiei and taking photos. The three Enryakuji temple complexes are fabulous and
Great photo of Kiyomizu Temple from the 1880s.
Updated Book and Journal list.
Hi everyone. Please note that this was originally written back in 2016 I think, I am in the middle of
Two of my favourite Japanese travel books were written by Alan Booth. The Roads to Sata (1986) and Looking for
Browsing my photos over the weekend I realised one of the photos I posted last week has a connection with
I have a lot of old photos on my hard drive so I thought I would share some with you.