Tokyo Strolls: Kitchenware Town

Like many of you, I’ve been more or less glued to my laptop all day, checking news stories and social media regarding the most recent illegal and immoral actions by the Trump administration. I debated with myself about writing a post on… Read More

East Garden of Tokyo’s Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace was within walking distance of our Tokyo hotel. The inner grounds of the Palace are generally not open to the public. The East Garden, however, is readily accessible.

Rikugi-en, a Poetic Landscape

Not far from Ueno Park, Rikugi-en was my favorite garden in Tokyo. Completed around 1700, it was created for the mansion of a high-ranking samurai.

Tokyo’s Ueno Park

We really only saw one corner of Ueno Park, which is one of Japan’s first Western-style recreation areas. It’s a big place, over 100 acres, and it contains a zoo, shrines and temples, and several major museums.

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

The first garden we visited in Tokyo was Koishikawa Korakuen.

Tokyo Tower

First thing we did when we got to Japan last August was visit the Tokyo Tower and, more importantly, meet my nephew and his family. The nephew has lived in Japan since college. He was nice enough to meet us at our… Read More

Don’t Miss This Year’s Garden Bloggers Fling in DC

Readers of this blog may know that for the past four years Judy and I have attended the annual Garden Bloggers Fling. We’re especially looking forward to this year’s Fling, which will be held June 23rd-25th in the DC region. If you… Read More

About Those Palm Trees

So here’s something I learned during our recent trip to California: palm trees are not native to Los Angeles.

The Canals of Venice (California)

Back around the turn of the 20th Century, a developer named Abbott Kinney and his partners bought the land which is now Venice, California. Their idea was to create a beach resort for day trippers from Los Angeles, a sort of Coney… Read More

Christmas Day on Venice Beach

Is it odd timing to write about Christmas on New Year’s Day? Perhaps, but that’s what I am doing. As I wrote a week ago, our family spent the week in Los Angeles, in a cottage near Venice Beach. We had a… Read More