People Encounter

We went to Shakotan Peninsula the other day. On our way home, the bus stopped at Bikuni Port. I was able to talk with two older people: (1) An old lady who lives in Bikuni all her life, and (2) an 88-year old man from Chiba-ken. My husband and I were walking along the port … Continue reading People Encounter

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Field Notes on My Fukushima Visit

Sometimes in life, it will bring you to a place you've never dreamed of visiting. And somehow, some way it changed you. People outside Japan might view Fukushima in a devastated state, with ruins that cannot be mended (at least not effortlessly). I remember hearing a story during my first day in Fukushima about some … Continue reading Field Notes on My Fukushima Visit

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

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