Festivals, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture

Yatai Matsuri April 2014

April in Otawara means the Yatai festival or Yatai Matsuri.. Yatai Matsuri in Otawara is a loud, fun, musical(ish) 2 day event based around the Kanodoro in downtown Otawara… It is a local festival involving wooden floats called Yatai, which are traditionally small, mobile food stalls in Japan typically selling ramen or other food. The name literally means “shop stand.” The floats…

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Nature, Otawara & Nasu (local area)

Katakuri or Dogtooth Violet

Today I went for a bike ride to Nogi shrine, and unexpectedly got into a “Japanese” conversation with a lovely lady who lived near by. The result of which was an introduction to Katakuri..  Which is a beautiful; woodland flower that grows wild in the forest here… What I understood, was you can eat it, and its either long or…

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Japan, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Yokohama

 Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo, and with a population of 3.7 million is the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is on Tokyo Bay, a little south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu.It is a major commercial hub and…

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Cultural, Japan

Road Barriers Japanese style

Not really a post, more a collection of photos.. In Japan you can find sets of locally different just about anything..  Mascots, foods, drinks, sweets, Street lights, manhole covers, Kit Kats (In Japan, there have been over  200 different flavours since 2000 including Vanilla bean, Halloween Pumpkin, Strawberry,  ginger ale, soy sauce, creme brulee, green tea, and WASABI!! –  I digress, this is for…

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