Not far from Mashiko is area that contains a temple, 2 shrines and a cemetery – All related to the Utsunomiya clan.. There’s a lot of history in this one small area. Jizoin Temple (1338-1574) Okura Jinja (807) Tsuna Jinja (1194), Cemetery of the Utsunomiya Clan (1194). The cemetery has 33 generations of Lords of the… Read More House Utsunomiya
Namakemono (no pan-ya) is an unusual bakery near my home that bakes amazing European style bread. The name itself translates to the “Lazy Baker” but that’s not at all true as you can see. I first discovered this place about 6 months after I arrived in Japan and whenever I’m here in Japan I make sure I have a supply. Usually… Read More Namakemono – The "Lazy Baker"
Autumn in Japan is spectacular these are just a few photos from last weekend in Otawara & the Nasu Highland area.
Mashiko is a small town in south east Tochigi that is famous for its pottery. There are hundreds of potters living and working here and almost 400 different styles in this one small town in Tochigi. I’ve written about it before, but each time you go, you discover more and more and its charm becomes… Read More Mashiko Pottery Fair November 2014