Annually, Japan Mint Museum in Osaka opens its gates to the public for sakura viewing. They have over 330 trees with 138 varieties to date. I had the chance to go there and enjoy the beauty of the Sakura breeds particularly the “Benitemari (紅手毬)”. The 3 kanjis literally mean, crimson (紅), hand (手), and ball […]Read more "In Full Bloom At Osaka Mint"
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"