Tag Archives | Japan

our Christmas Party | 我が家のクリパの風景

our Christmas Party | 我が家のクリパの風景

Although Christmas is ‘really not’ an official holiday here in Japan, no matter where you are, Christmas seem to be the most enjoyable time for any child; a time for family gathering, a time for giving, a time for gratitude and for all – our wishes for our children to remember the ‘gift of giving’. […]

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Xmas Stollen | クリスマス・シュトーレン

Xmas Stollen | クリスマス・シュトーレン

Baking “Christmas Stollen” has become my personal calendar event before Xmas after settling down to my homeland, Japan. However when I lived in Ireland during my young days, ‘Christmas Cake’, a fruit cake heavily packed with fruit and nuts, covered entirely in marzipan to mature until Xmas was the iconic cake for Christmas. Watching the […]

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Maezawa Hamlet of Magariya |前沢曲家集落

Maezawa Hamlet of Magariya |前沢曲家集落

We all have a choice in life. When the world buzz with the digital technology and speed of life, the village of ‘Maezawa Hamlet of Magaria‘ choose to follow their ancestors’ way of life, treasuring to remain basic, tranquil and simple. It is an unspoiled scenery, not much left in the world around us. 紅葉も終わりを告げる頃、南会津に「前沢曲家集落」に行ってきました。山深くに立ち並ぶ「前沢曲家集落」。12月には深い雪に覆われ、周囲の道路が閉鎖されるため、この集落は4月〜11月しか観光客を迎え入れていません。我々の行った11月半ばも丁度、集落を閉鎖した数日後でしたが集落の日常の静かな人々の暮らしを見ることができました。 […]

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Foliage season in Japan....Autumn | 紅葉の秋

Foliage season in Japan….Autumn | 紅葉の秋

Autumn and it’s foliage is one of the best recommended seasons to visit Japan. Unbelievable to think that Japan is the around the same size as California but Japanese islands are covered by mountains, mostly heavily forested, and crisscrossed by short, swift rivers. Making our autumn foliage quite spectacular. A rainbow seen over ‘Suwa Lake‘ […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ⑤

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ⑤

Having spent overnight at Wajima, our trip takes on the final course of the western side of the Noto Peninsula. The coastal road, winding, trailing along a spectacular ocean view arriving at a small fisherman village, Osawa. 昨晩は輪島に停泊し、旅もそろそろ終盤に差し掛かります。能登半島の西側を走ります。海岸線を30分ほど絶景の日本海を見下ろしながら走ると「大沢 間垣の里」に到着します。 大沢 間垣の里|Osawa Magaki-no-Sato ‘Magaki’, a fence that consists of cracked bamboo, it’s height of about 5m to protect […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ④

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ④

Leaving Suzu City along the coastal road to the ‘Rokkosan Lighthouse’. A white lighthouse built by an Englishman in the Meiji era (1868 ~ 1912). The lighthouse at the tip of Noto Peninsula, the point of contact between Sotoura and Uchiura. This cape famous for being able to see “the rising sun from the sea […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ③

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ③

Third Day. | 3日目。 Generally speaking, the climate in Japan during autumn is (was?) expected to be the most beautiful, ending the typhoon season but again we’ve been experiencing increasing number of ‘strong’ typhoons even until late fall and this year the same. However stunning weather welcomes us on this third day. 秋は空高く秋晴れの日が多いと言われているのもここ数年覆されています。毎年この時期にキャンピングカー旅行を遂行しているので毎年の秋の天気は記憶に残ります。台風の隙間のような日程ですが3日目にして素晴らしい天気に恵まれ、能登半島の周遊の旅が始まります。 Leaving our overnight rest […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ②

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ②

Second Day. |2日目。 While breakfast is being prepared, my husband plans the route for the day. 車内で簡単な朝食を待つ間に主人と菜々は天気も考慮しながら、今日の道のりを決めます。 Our friend and our third passenger will be joining us at Nagaoka on an early shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, thus arriving at the station quite early having had time to browse around Nagaoka station to encounter a […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ①

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ①

Just after England defeated the ‘All Blacks’ in the RWC, simultaneously the country was hit by a catastrophic Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon #19), luckily we managed to depart to our annual camping car voyage. This year to the Noto Peninsula which projects about 100 kms into the Northern Sea from Ishikawa Prefecture, an approximate 470 kilometers […]

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Mesquite Poster

Escher & Mesquita|メスキータ展

Recalling my days in film production, I was involved in a M.C. Escher filming project, using the cutting edge technology, 3D film production in early 1990. The production was of a short film, to be shown at the Escher Museums at Huis Ten Bowch Theme Park (Nagasaki). M.C. Escher, is an Artist well-known for mathematically […]

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one of the oldest shrines in Japan - Izumo Taisha

one of the oldest shrines in Japan – Izumo Taisha

an excerpt from our camping car trip in 2018 Our trip to Izumo Taisha Shrine located in Shimane prefecture took place early October 2018, when the longest and hottest summer gradually started to loose force, surrendering itself to the next season, the fall. Izumo Taisha Shrine is considered the oldest shrine in Japan, in existence […]

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a summer day..hiking...Nishizawa Gorge(Keikoku)|西沢渓谷ハイキング

a summer day..hiking…Nishizawa Gorge(Keikoku)|西沢渓谷ハイキング

It’s a  ‘hot’ summer, rather an ‘extremely hot’ summer. Japan, like the other countries has been encountering, perhaps due to the global warming, days over 35C continuing since early July. Outdoor activities tend to be quite dangerous from high heat but luckily, this day, August 7th was like a crevasse between the hot temperature and […]

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