Travelling in Japan during the Coronavirus pandemic

I travelled in Japan during March and April of 2020. Yes, you read that right, during the first few months of the Coronavirus pandemic. I hadn't planned for it but events caught up with me. It turned out to be a very interesting experience. I will gladly share my story with you. Rewind to December... Continue Reading →

The streets of Tokoname

I love Japanese manhole covers. They are the perfect example of the Japanese ability to introduce beauty to the most mundane of things. Today I present to you the manhole cover of Tokoname. Located in Aichi prefecture, Tokoname is a small city famous for its ceramics industry. Tokoname has been associated with ceramics production since... Continue Reading →

The vicious deer of Nara

Nara is an ancient city not too far from Nagoya. At one point it was the capital of Japan (from 710 to 785). The most famous sites include the largest wooden structure on earth (Todaiji Temple), a 15m Buddha statue and the second tallest pagoda of Japan (Kofukuji Temple). But never mind all that, because... Continue Reading →

Shibori – Japanese tie-dye technique

Two weeks ago, friends of ours took us to see the historic town of Arimatsu.It still has a lot of Edo period buildings. Located on the Tokaido (ancient road from Tokyo to Kyoto), Arimatsu is famous for 'shibori' or tie-dyed cloth. The cloth is tied up with rope before dying, thus preventing certain parts of... Continue Reading →

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