I knew the day would come when I would eat basashi. It is one of the foods that Nagano Prefecture […]
Shrine vs. Temple — What’s the difference?
You find a beautifully decorated building in Japan. You notice the place to wash your hands off to the side, […]
My, what a fancy stamp! Goshuin number 8★ is from the 戸隠神社奥社(Togakushi Jinjya Okusha). There are actually three shrines on […]
Takoyaki is my most recent adventure. Even though I lived in Osaka for six months (the birthplace of takoyaki and […]
Why do Japanese people wear masks?
Here, ‘masks’ refers to the cotton things you see Japanese people wearing over their noses and mouths in pretty much […]
Goshuin number 7 is from the 光泉寺 (Kosenji), a small temple on a hill overlooking the giant hot spring Yubatake […]
Ever find yourself at a Japanese restaurant not knowing what to order? Never fear, katsudon is here!!! This wonderful food […]
Janken — The Answer to All Problems
Kids use it every day. They use it to make decisions. They use it to solve disputes. They use it […]
Goshuin number 6 is from 宇賀神社 (Uga Shrine), which is located in the middle of Lake Nojiri! Previously, […]
Roads are NOT Labeled
Yes, you read that right. Other than major roads (which usually have numbers) and interstates (which get names), the vast […]