日本 day7 | Mt. Shosha (書写) hiking almost made me into a mountainman

January 2 I was told that Himeji (姫路市) would be incomplete without a hike to the temple complex of Shoshazan Engyō-ji (書寫山圓教寺) atop Mt. Shosha (書写).  A bus ride and a ropeway got me up to the top of the mountain where a good chunk of The Last Samurai was shot.  Being there on the Read More …

日本 day6.5 | Himeji (姫路市)

January 1 On the first day of 2010, I packed up my things after a charming breakfast with Aaron & the Sumidas and wandered out to explore Japan on my own.  They needed to be with the family for Japanese New Year / shōgatsu (正月), and I wanted to be on my own to dive Read More …

日本 day5 & 6.5 | laying low before (& raw fish on) the New Year

December 31 We needed a day of rest.  At lunch with Face’s host parents, I was invited to two (if not three) meals that are truly of cultural importance during Japanese New Year (正月).  First, I was to share dinner with them on New Year’s Eve, and then I was to come to breakfast on Read More …