Cultural, Japan, Tokyo

Tokyo Craft Fair

The 58th Tokyo craft fair was held in late January on the 11th floor of the Takashimaya Department store in Shinjuku.   I had to go to Tokyo for another reason, and wasn’t really so close to Shinjuku, but the concept of this fair really interested me.  It was based around crafts that were common in Tokyo during the Edo period…

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Otawara & Nasu (local area), Temples & Shrines, Tochigi Prefecture

Daoji Temple, Kurobane, Tochigi

I’ve visited Daoji a number of times,its one of my favorite temples.  The gardens are wonderful regardless of the time of year, they look stunning, but each time it looks so different, depending on the season. It’s a working Soto Zen temple that is more than 600 years old  – established in 1404.  Within the complex are 7 thatched buildings are…

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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015 (of the Sheep)! I’ve been away from my blog for a while not because I have left Japan, I am still living in Tochigi prefecture and will continue to write during my time in Japan. Towards the end of 2014 I was overseas for a couple of weeks in December and then Christmas and New Year…

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