Category Archives: Japan 2018

Nara and Out

Our last day in Japan is  spent visiting Nara, the earliest capital of a united Japan back in about 700 AD.  As we stand before the oldest wooden building, Horyuji, … Read more »

Miho Museum Magic

When my son Liam spent some time in Japan in 1999, one of his most memorable experiences was visiting the Miho Museum outside Kyoto.  This museum, designed by I.M.Pei, requires… Read more »

Kyoto Wanderings

We are finally in fabled Kyoto, the end of the great Tokkaido road from Edo, and the cultural capital of Japan.  There is much to say and I will start… Read more »

Entering Eiheiji

I have known about the great Soto Zen training center of Eiheiji since the 1960’s through my connections with the students of Suzuki Roshi at the Zen Center in San… Read more »

Kanazawa in Sun & Rain

A city near the Sea of Japan, Kanazawa escaped the ravages of WWII due to its reputation for culture and arts unlike its neighboring city to the North, Toyama, an… Read more »

Up in Takayama

The weather gods continue to smile on us (Ginny says it is because she bought an umbrella in Nagoya) despite predictions to the contrary.  Perfect weather for us travelers.  Takayama… Read more »

Nagoya & Ise

Ise and Nagoya are the yin and yang of Japan:  Nagoya, an industrial capital and heart of the Toyota enterprise, and Ise, the most ancient sacred heart of  Japanese culture. … Read more »

Heavenly Hakone

The most iconic image of Japan is of course that of Mt. Fuji but I had never been fortunate enough to see the great mountain in person on any of… Read more »