December 14, 2015

 

I got to tour the highly respected Usaburo Kokeshi Doll Factory located in Gunma.  Gunma Prefecture is the top producing area of sosaku kokeshi in Japan. Kokeshi made in Gunma is called modern kokeshi, and is differentiated from dento (traditional) kokeshi produced in...

December 12, 2015

Tokyo International Coffee Festival and Farmers Market.  Forgot to snap pics of the Farmers Market, but the coffee scene was pretty sweet looking.  Really difficult to sample coffee though, because apparently everyone in Tokyo drinks coffee.  Still cool to see all the...

December 6, 2015

Ryuzu Waterfalls means "dragon head waterfall" in Japanese.  The name comes from the shape of the falls which resembles the head of a dragon.  The waterfall is located on Yukawa River, shortly before the river discharges into Lake Chuzenji.  During the fall, the trees...

December 6, 2015

 

Nikko is located along Japan's Romantic Road and is most famous for Toshogu Shrine. Unfortunately, we did not attend the shrine but did go down the very windy Romantic Road. Nikko National Park offers scenic mountainous landscapes, waterfalls, hot springs, and lots &...

December 5, 2015

Kanmangafuchi Abyss was formed by an eruption of nearby Mount Nantai.  This gorge near central Nikko is only a few hundred meters long and is lined with about 70 stone statues of Jizos. It is truly a remarkable site to see the abyss and all the statues lining it.  This...

December 5, 2015

This is a row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased.  This particular group of Jizo statues is alternately called "Bake Jizo" (Ghost Jizo), "Narabi Jizo" (Jizo in a Line), or "Hyaku Jizo" (100 Jizo).  These statues look over the Ka...

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