Tag: Japan

Crashing A Wedding At Chion-in Temple

If you thought I was finished writing about our trip to Japan last September, you would be wrong. There’s still material for a few more posts, including this one.

Toji Temple and Flea Market

When we emerged from our Kyoto hotel in the morning we would look across the street and see this large wooden pagoda. Upon inquiring, we were told that it’s part of the Toji Temple complex.

Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple

So after Kanazawa, we took the train to Kyoto.  Remember, this was in September of last year. Before it was Tokyo, Kyoto was Japan’s capital for about 800 years. Kyoto is to Tokyo sort of the way Boston is to Los Angeles…. Read More

Kanazawa Castle

OK, back to Japan. We left Tokyo, going by train to the much smaller city of Kanazawa, a historic castle town. One of the gates to Kanazawa Castle.

A Tokyo Power Garden

You’ve heard of the power lunch, power walk, and power nap, right? Well, Koishikawa Korakuen is a power garden. It was commissioned in the 17th Century by a member of the ruling Tokugawa clan. The name means “the garden for enjoying power… Read More

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Yanaka, Tokyo

Let’s return to our trip to Japan last September, shall we? Most of Tokyo has been demolished (by war, fire, and earthquake) and rebuilt multiple times. The neighborhood of Yanaka, however, was damaged less than most from the cataclysms of the 20th… Read More

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, 2017

Yesterday Judy and I revisited the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden in Tokyo in time to see the Spider Lilies (Lycoris radiata) bloom. Tomorrow we fly back to Chicago.

View From a Kyoto Side Street

Kanazawa Castle

White Crane (or Maybe an Egret)

Hunting for a nosh at Hama-Rikyu garden in Tokyo.