A Fading Beauty in Stone 仏 Oita prefecture is the unrivaled heartland of magaibutsu (Buddhist stone reliefs) in Japan. While the old fief of Bungo is famous today for its plentiful onsen, it is also home – somewhat mysteriously – to the largest number of old lithic carvings in the country. Included among these are … Continue reading The Motomachi Buddha of Oita
Last week Domo Communications assisted pet grooming scissor and accessory manufacturer Dream Industries (from Wakayama, Japan) at the Groom Expo West, in Pasadena, CA (Feb. 14-17), where Dream shared booth space with longtime U.S. partner Healthy Spot, a leading L.A. area dog daycare and grooming provider. As trade shows go Groom Expo West is a … Continue reading Dreaming at Groom Expo West
The good people at Videri Chocolate (Raleigh, NC) and Smog City Brewery (Torrance, CA) have won awards at the 2019 Good Food Foundation Awards, held in San Francisco, CA, on Jan. 11, 2019. Our friends at Videri won for their delectable 70% Classic Dark Chocolate (we’ve been fanatics of this cacao creation for … Continue reading Videri, Smog City Win Good Food Foundation Awards
Although thatch is the traditional roofing material of many Japanese structures, it is most often seen today on homes in Japan's remote rural villages. Well-preserved hamlets such as Shirakawa-go have become popular destinations for tourists seeking a unique lodging experience. One of the greatest concentrations of thatched-roof dwellings in Japan is found in the Kyoto … Continue reading The Thatched Roof Farmhouses of Tamba
The imperial tombs of Japan are protected from excavation by the Imperial Household Agency. What secrets do they hold?
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.)