Mount Fuji – Climbing from the bottom (Sengen Shrine)

At the Summit of Mount Fuji

  My friends and I successfully climbed Mt. Fuji from the bottom (Sengen Shrine) on July 26th, 2017.  It was mentioned that we start from the bottom over a few bottles of wine and initially I was against it.  However, what won me over was when my friend Brandon told me that this was the…… Continue reading Mount Fuji – Climbing from the bottom (Sengen Shrine)

Graves of the 47 Ronin

I visited Sengakuji after a late night and too many bottles of Shochu in Nishiogikubo.  I went drinking with a Japanese friend and it was a great experience although I do not remember much of it.  He was dressed in traditional Japanese clothing and the street he took me to was lined with small, seemingly Edo-era restaurants.…… Continue reading Graves of the 47 Ronin

Koma Shrine 高麗神社

Koma Shrine http://goo.gl/maps/qw0V1 I learned that this was a Korean shrine but nobody could explain the history behind it. Yes, ok, it is a Korean shrine but what is a Korean shrine doing in Japan?  Is there a large Korean community nearby? To find the answer I had to do a simple Google search and…… Continue reading Koma Shrine 高麗神社

Sunrise in Saitama

おはようございます! The beautiful, ancient rice field is now in harvest season.  I felt grateful to be able to catch this sunrise as the only sliver of clear sky is just on the horizon and the space between the hill and tree only amounts to about a month of visibility.  To think that my wife’s family…… Continue reading Sunrise in Saitama

A rice field haiku

The ancient rice field Saturated by gray clouds Of US warplanes above Just walked through this beautiful landscape and was struck by the contrast of its timeless serenity and the roaring of the ceaseless American warplanes flying overhead towards Yokosuka. It is a melancholy feeling indeed and brought forth an unsolicited haiku. Update 9.25.2015 I…… Continue reading A rice field haiku

Rainy morning

Doutor is one of my special places in Mejiro.  Every time I visit I like to drink a cafe latte, read the Japan Times and watch people come and go early in the morning. On this particular morning Japan was getting hammered by Typhoon Etau.  The rain wasn’t too heavy in Tokyo but I was…… Continue reading Rainy morning