Japan is about to celebrate Obon, a time when ancestors and their sacrifices are remembered. In fact, this year for the first time in modern times, they will shut down the Shibuya Scramble Crossing for six hours to have an Obon Festival in its center. Continue reading “Remembering the Dead”
After tying my sandals to the strap of my small back pack, I went for a walk along the beach near Enoshima island. The sand is black and fine. It sticks to you even when dried and does not flake off.
Kelp often builds along the shore. This was one of the worst segments I came across. Continue reading “The Beach Near Enoshima Island”
Welp, here what climbing Mt. Fuji was like. I swear the dubstep is included in the experience:
My friends and I all gathered at Gotemba Station and took an hour long bus ride to the Subashiri 5th Station which is 2,000 m up. That was our starting point.
The humidity is puffing my hair out. I’m starting to look like Marge Simpson. Summer is here with a vengeance. In Japan that means Yukatas, swimsuits, and watermelons. It’s time for festivals.
There are rarely locals artists pawning their wares at the vendor booths like what I would see in Texas. While I miss this, there are things here that I’d never see back home. There are a wide variety of summer festivals in Japan: firework types, paper lantern, basic, and dance.
My favorite is generally the dance.
Of the dance types, one of my top favorites is the Awa Odori, or “The Dance of Fools”.
They look anything but foolish. Continue reading “Japanese Summer Festival”
Planning a climb to the top of Mount Fuji?
You’ll get great photos, but suffer through hell for every one. Enjoy the torture.
Beyond the basics like food, drink, winter clothes, and hiking shoes, you’ll need to be aware of a few other essentials, things that often get forgotten about or not mentioned. Continue reading “Five Things About Mt. Fuji”