Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa

Continued from Autumn in Karuizawa (Part 1), Naka-Karuizawa (Part 2) We've seen many photographs of the Shiraito Falls in the internet so we were really excited to see it. Going there takes about 25 minutes by bus from Karuizawa Station. The breathtaking view going up to the mountains will really make one giddy. Shiraito falls … Continue reading Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa

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Naka-Karuizawa’s Autumn Colors

Continued from Autumn in Karuizawa I find Naka-Karuizawa area lovely and quiet. It's a great place to wander to early in the morning since most tourists focus mainly in Kyu-Karuizawa area. We stayed in a cheap but clean Japanese inn in the area called Ikoisanso. From there, the main attractions in the area are accessible … Continue reading Naka-Karuizawa’s Autumn Colors

The Symbol of Summer in Japan

"So do you do hanabi every year?", my husband asked our friends Hiroko and Fotoshi who brought us to the firework festival in Sagamihara. "No. We usually do hanabi every week throughout summer, going from one place to another," Hiroko replied. She continued to tell us how firework watching (or Ohanabi/ Hanabi) is the symbol … Continue reading The Symbol of Summer in Japan

#1 Sapporo: Odori Park in the Summer

"Wrapped in the silence of a (summer) evening. The aroma of grilling corn at the side of Odori Koen." These are the words of a famous Japanese poet, Takuboku Ishikawa (except that I changed autumn to summer). In his monument in Odori Park, you can read his story about his visit in Sapporo in the autumn of 1907. I could … Continue reading #1 Sapporo: Odori Park in the Summer