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

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Autumn in Karuizawa

I think it’s now safe to say that autumn is my favorite season: cool temperature and sunny days, delicious food, seasonal fruits like Kaki and chestnut desserts and of course, the vibrant autumn colors. So during some off-days last week (1st week of November), we had a spur-of-the-moment decision to ride a bus going to … Continue reading Autumn in Karuizawa

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