Have you ever looked at a Japanese tile roof and thought “what a fine thing!” Just kidding. I have, for much of my life. This month Yamamoto Kiyokazu, the founder of roof tile manufacturer Yamamoto Kawara Co., Ltd., passed away at the age of 86. He was the master foreman on the large-scale roof restorations … Continue reading The Roofer
This ramen shop became famous after it was featured on a TV show with a Japanese cab driver as the guide. It may have ignited the ramen boom of the late 1980s.
Bessho Hot Spring is said to be Japan's oldest spa. It is easily reached from Tokyo for a day trip, though a longer stay at an inn is highly recommended.
The Miyasako reliefs are rarely visited, making for a peaceful and meditative experience in a lovely setting not far from Harajiri Falls.
This relief is said to have been carved in four or five years by a monk who went to Kumano for permission to do the work, near the end of the Heian period (794-1185.)
Like a refugee camp from the war on literacy, Jimbocho is a haven where the printed word has taken refuge.
Nambu tekki is a Japanese trademark that is now being used to market Chinese knock-offs. Beware!
Before I pitch a visit to this gem of architectural history, a word of caution; if you like throngs of sightseers, busy souvenir traps and long, clamorous lines outside noodle and ice cream shops, Unnojuku is not the day trip for you. This old post town in Nagano Prefecture is a portal to the past, … Continue reading The Solace of Unnojuku
When making your pilgrimage to Beppu, the unrivaled hot spring mecca of Japan, keep in mind that this sprawling old town in Oita Prefecture is almost as famous for its seafood cuisine as for its healing waters. The following is advice to the lucky traveler who makes it to this beautiful corner of Kyushu, but … Continue reading A Primer to the Seafood Delights of Beppu
A seminar on Kuromontsuki dyeing Nagoya and the surrounding environs, which lay rightful claim to the birthplace of modern Japanese culture, offer the visitor to Japan unlimited potential for historical and cultural exploration. If one is fascinated by traditional Japanese apparel, for instance, there is no better place to study the art of silk kimono … Continue reading The Creations of Yamakatsu