Kanazawa: Visiting a Cultural Treasure

Kanazawa: Visiting a Cultural Treasure

Standing on the ramparts of the partially rebuilt and impressive Kanazawa castle, one can look out over this lovely, prosperous city to the gleaming sea…

Japanese Time Travel in Sado

Japanese Time Travel in Sado

Japan is a great place for time travel. In the remote villages, temples and shrines of the countryside there are places that lure the imagination…

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: A Country of Water

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: A Country of Water

Typhoon #18 is roaring up from the south Pacific toward Himi, the small fishing village on the Sea of Japan where I am staying at…

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Fixed Net

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Fixed Net

© Himi City, Toyama Prefecture The fleet was grounded and I missed my chance to watch the fishing. The daily auction would proceed, I presumed,…

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Kan Buri

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Kan Buri

The undisputed star of Himi’s fishery is Kan-Buri, a mature yellowtail that arrives in Toyama Bay in November. Himi’s Kan Buri are prized throughout Japan….

5 Reasons to Love Autumn in and Around Tokyo

5 Reasons to Love Autumn in and Around Tokyo

Autumn is a wonderful season to visit Japan. Temperatures have cooled and the season is full of pleasant sunny days and mild yet invigorating nights….