As they believe, Katsuoji in Minoh is watched over by Daruma dolls. These dolls are known as kachi-daruma which means winning daruma. It’s funny that my impression of daruma dolls is horrifying rather than pleasing because of the horror movie As The God’s Will (look it up!). But when I visited Katsuoji, I laughed at how […]Read more "Daruma Dolls x Katsuoji Foliage"
Minoh is located north of Osaka. It is known for its scenic autumn foliage in Katsuoji and Minoh falls (in Minoh Park). Due to the past typhoons in 2017 and 2018, some trekking trails to Minoh falls were damaged. But recently, it has been cleared up and has been reopened to visitors. I went mid-November […]Read more "Minoh Park Foliage"
Hoshi no buranko (星のブランコ) which literally means “The Swing Of Stars” is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan located in Hoshida Prefectural Park, Osaka with a length of 280 meters rising up to 50 meters above ground. As it is a pedestrian suspension bridge that connects two mountains, people can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic […]Read more "The Swing Of Stars"
I was amazed at how legit these performers were when I went to Nagoya castle last summer. The reenactment of samurais and ninjas were so immersive that every sword fight, backflip, and stunt somehow takes you back to the epic ‘ol times. The performers are from 名古屋おもてなし武将隊 which literally means, “Nagoya Hospitality Battalion Corps”. It’s quite […]Read more "Nagoya Hospitality Battalion Corps"
Tokushima, one of Shikoku’s four prefectures, is not only famous for their Sudachi and sweet potatoes (the list could go on) but also for Awa Odori. It is the biggest dance festival in the country which is also participated by different dance groups, known as ren, all over Japan. I’m pretty sure it’s best to […]Read more "Awa Odori: The Dance Of Fools"
Nara Park (奈良公園 Nara Kōen) is one of the oldest national parks in Japan where over 1000 deer roam freely in the open. I got time to capture some photos of these sacred deer. They are thought to be as the messenger of the Gods. Most of the time they are chill but they could get […]Read more "Oh Deer"
A story of Tsuneki Kato, a homeless man from the Airin (愛隣) area formerly known as Kamagaski. The streets slowly became a different place far from what you see in neighbouring areas like Nippombashi. 20180512. 15:00. I went to Nishinari-ku where the Airin area is located to see what it is really like. I have […]Read more "Nishinari: A Different Facet Of Japan"