Originally from Wisconsin, Connie spent thirty years in the Mariana's Islands before moving to rural Japan four years ago. Speaking three languages, she's working on Japanese as her fourth. She's a blogger, NaNoWriMo novelist and freelance writer.
Connie loves home-style Japanese cooking, gardening, hiking and exploring Japan. She thoroughly enjoys visiting the popular travel sites, although it's discovering quaint, out of the way places, rich in history and old world Japanese charm that's her passion.
As the lazy days of summer fade away and energy returns, the autumn brings with it wonderful seasonal festivals all across the beautiful country of Japan. Here is a sampling to wet your appetite and get you excited about this fantastic season!
People might wonder–why take the trouble to forage when vegetables can be easily purchased? The answer lies in a deep rooted part of the rural life-style and traditional Japanese cuisine which involves eating seasonal foods.
Anyone who has either studied about or has been to Japan will most-likely know that gift-giving permeates within the Japanese culture. The fascinating and confusing custom of Japanese gift giving can be successfully navigated with a little study and a lot of patience!
If you are in the Fukuoka City area during early to mid June and want to have a genuinely magical firefly viewing experience- an overnight stay in the countryside town of Nogatashi is an awesome experience!
A visit to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shinto shrine from early February to mid-March is breathtakingly beautiful. Planted throughout the shrine grounds are over 6,000 flowering plum trees! Red, pink and white sweetly-scented blossoms permeate the grounds with amazing color and intoxicating scents celebrating the coming of spring!
Not far from Fukuoka City lies the beautiful mountain town of Sasaguri. It’s a wonderful, little known secret, tucked between forested mountains and lush rice fields. Sasaguri is home to the famous mini pilgrimage, the “Sasaguri 88” founded in 1835.
Along the historical road in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, sit Dazaifu Tenmangu and an ancient little temple called Komyozenji. Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Michizane Sugawara covers 3,000 mostly wooded acres.
About an hour and a half outside of Fukuoka City lies the scenic country town of Soeda. Located in the district of Tagawa, Soeda makes a wonderful day trip destination for those who want to experience the charm of the Japanese countryside.
Hanami literally translated means "flower viewing". Ask anyone who has lived in Japan for any length of time and they'll tell you that the word "hanami" invokes images of wonderful picnics beneath a canopy of Cherry Tree blossoms.