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
Shiobara Onsen Village is an onsen area south of Nasu, with eleven different water sources providing many different mineral content baths (clear onsen, milky onsen, salty onsen, iron onsen and many others) making it well worth a visit. The resort is over 800 years old and is a charming, rustic area with many onsen and… Read More Myoga-ya Onsen Shiobara Oku Shiobara
Yoichi Matsuri is a local Otawara held in early August each year in Otawara City. The festival is in honor of our local hero Yasu no Yoichi whose bravery and marksmanship was a key event in the battle for control of Japan in the Genpei war (1180-1185). The story goes that in the battle between… Read More Yoichi Matsuri 2014
Many people ask me about my house in Japan, i suspect that they think that it is tiny.. Especially compared to my home in Australia.. It is smaller than my Perth home, but my Sydney apartment for 6 years was pretty much the same size. Total size is about 73 sq m, its a 2 storey maisonette, like… Read More My House in Japan
I recently saw a program (in Japanese unfortunately) about Japanese Kokeshi Dolls and despite not being a Doll person, I became fascinated with this traditional Doll. In Kinugawa yesterday at a small local shop with a beautiful collection of Kokeshi Dolls and ended up buying one.. Kokeshi are handmade wooden dolls, traditionally from Northern Japan. They are… Read More Kokeshi Dolls
Tobu World Square is a theme park in Kinugawa Onsen, Nikkō, Tochigi, Japan. There are over 100 miniature 1:25 scale models of famous buildings from around the world including UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage Sites, The site is complete with more than 20,000 Bonsai trees and over 140,000 little people engaged in all sorts of… Read More Tobu World Square
Tochigi City, is a city in the South of Tochigi Prefecture, actually not the capital despite its name (Utsunomiya is the capital). Tochigi city is well know because it was an important town on the road between Tokyo and Nikko in the Edo period. (1600-1867) Kaido were ancient roads in the Edo period established to… Read More Tochigi City, Tochigi prefecture,.