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
April in Tochigi is like most of Japan, Cherry Blossom time and Nogi Shrine is one of the lovely viewing spots in this area. Despite the on and off rain, I went to Nogi shrine to see the Sakura. Nogi shrine is in the Nishinasuno area and is one of Tochigi prefectures historical sites. At the… Read More Nogi shrine & Lake
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?