Ainu Artist ‘Bikki’ – Sculptor Village of Otoineppu, known to be the smallest village in Hokkaido, located in the northern district. The village name Otoineppu means ‘muddy river mouth’ in Ainu language, possibly designated from the Teshio River which flows through the village of Otoineppu. Here we visited the Eco Museum Osashima Center, the home of […]
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Along the west coast of Hokkaido, a unique geographical pawn shape strip stretches out into the peninsula, ‘the Notsuke Peninsula‘. That day we visited this area (late September), the heavy clouds and the grey sky with occasional rain showers enhanced its desolate terrain, scarecrow-like forest formed from the strong gust of winds from the ocean. The […]
Outdoor camping and a camping-car journey offhand seem to be similar but the momentum of it’s activity is incomparably different. Our last trip to Hokkaido was in 2014 – six years ago. We (more or less my partner) was an avid outdoor camper and we would bring all our camping gear – tent, sleeping bags […]
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。 […]
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‘ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
While having a rose garden at home, caring and gardening the roses can be rewarding but also relentless. Once the roses commence it’s bloom, the garden is well looked after by my husband, while my daily chores (as an assistant) is cleaning and sweeping. As the flowers fade to the end of life, the petal […]
Past spring, our rose garden (to be precise, my husband’s rose garden) was of heavenly beauty. My husband has been growing roses nearly over a decade but this year seemed to be of utmost beauty. This is a post is a gallery of our garden roses, to brighten the rainy season, commenced last week. Enjoy! […]
our traditional Japanese New Year Food On New Years Day, the ‘Osechi’ is our traditional food accompanied with mochi (rice cake) in a soup broth called ‘Ozoni’. The Osechi comes in a infinite variety of styles, differ in region and household but the most common ‘Osechi’ (dishes or items) have a certain meaning to it’s […]
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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