I had a few spare hours one morning in Tokyo in early April, which was just as the Cherry Blossom was peaking there. I caught the subway over towards the Imperial Palace and the Chidorigafuchi moat, which is one of a dozen different moats around the palace, that are known for their spectacular Cherry Blossoms. The… Read More Sakura viewing at Chidorigafuchi and Yasukuni shrine
Spring is in the air and Japan is turning slowly pink. In just a week, the change has been dramatic. But as I wandered around Otawara this weekend I realized that despite visiting Japan for 12 years and living here for over 3 years I actually didn’t know the difference between Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom, except… Read More Spring in Otawara and Cherry Blossom….. or is it Plum?