Kumamoto is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.  I stayed there while visiting nearby Minamata.   Minamata is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It is on the west coast of Kyushu facing the Amakusa islands. Minamata is known worldwide due to Minamata disease, a neurological disorder caused by mercury poisoning.… Read More Kumamoto

Otawara Christmas Illumination 2013 -Harmony Hall

This year saw the Christmas illuminations again.  This seems to be becoming a big event, with not just Harmony hall, but businesses and houses all over town covered in thousands of lights in complicated designs. Anyway these are the Musical ones from Harmony Hall (the local performing arts center)in Otawara, a few hundred meters from where I live.… Read More Otawara Christmas Illumination 2013 -Harmony Hall