April 27, 2016

Ashikaga Flower Park has 4 seasons of awesome.  Every summer, the park holds a festival with a nationally acclaimed fireworks show.  This festival is a long running tradition that started in 1903.  The grand finale of this fireworks display is known as "Niagara Fa...

April 27, 2016


Showa Kinen Park has an interesting history.  In 1921, it was opened as a Japanese military air base and then in 1945 the US requisitioned this air base.  Until the end of 1969, this area functioned as a US army air base in Tachikawa.  It wasn't until 1975 that the Pr...

April 26, 2016

Takato Castle is perched on a cliff above Mibu and Yamamura Rivers with the Chuo Alps in the background.  This site attracts an immense amount of visitors in April to see the over 1,500 flowering cherry trees. The castle park's trees are a unique variety called Takato...

April 8, 2016

Lake Okutama-ko is an artificial lake formed by Ogouchi Dam, which blocks the Tama-gawa River. It is located in Chichibu Tama National Park, the national park nearest to the metropolitan Tokyo area. The lake offers a nice harmony of natural beauty and man-made structur...

April 8, 2016

A beautiful, stately Victorian-looking building is pleasantly situated on the Tama River in West Tokyo towards Okutama Lake. It was a former wedding chapel which was converted into the “Rose Town Tea Garden” on Oct. 2009. It is nestled in the midst of the tree-covered...

April 7, 2016

Okonomiyaki is a combination of okonomi which is "what you want" and yaki which is "grilled or cooked". The servers bring you the ingredients and you cook it yourself based on your preference.  There are a variety of ways to build your okonomiyaki and it is sometimes r...

April 3, 2016

These photos feature a sampling of the gorgeous and iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) which are within walking distance to where we live.  These beautiful soft pink flowers have created a tunnel-like blanket of splendor as you walk through them.  Unfortunately, sakura se...

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