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"
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"
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"