#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

Winter Memories: Toyama, Shirakawa-Go and Takayama Towns

The summer heat that swept Tokyo in the past days made me remember our winter escapade in Gifu prefecture. This is an area that slowly getting attention from foreign tourists, and the best time to visit is "as soon as possible" before it becomes overcrowded.  From Tokyo to Toyama We did this travel early in … Continue reading Winter Memories: Toyama, Shirakawa-Go and Takayama Towns