Writer: Koyomi

I’m a Japanese-American who lives in Japan.  Some of my favorite past-times range from learning choreography and ‘youtubing’ to putting a tasty meal on the table.  On the side I also enjoy art, teaching, and helping others.  I hope that you can find my articles enjoyable as well as helpful.

Nagano's Bank of Deities – Timeless Reflections

In English, it means ‘Bank of Deities’. Though not as popular as the famous ‘Takato Castle’, Rokudō no Tsutsumi is arguably the better option for your ‘hanami’ or flower viewing party in the spring time. And, though access is granted all year round, it is in spring that this small and seemingly insipid pond really shines.

Eating Vegan at Healthy Penguin Café

As healthy lifestyles are picking up in popularity, more and more people are finding themselves opting for healthier food choices.  Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, or just someone looking for a delicious, but all the while, nutritious meal in Japan, Healthy Penguin Café in the Matsumoto City of Nagano is an amazing find!

A Japanese serow between the trees

The Japanese Serow: The Four-Legged Woods Dweller Native to Japan

The Japanese serow is an animal that has appeared in pop culture as well. It has been seen in the soccer based game and anime, “Inazuma Eleven GO”, and it is also said that the Ghibli character, the “Forest Spirit” in its deer form from Director Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke is based on the Japanese serow. Even the ever-so-popular Pokemon that a lot of us grew up watching has a character representation of this animal.

Ueno's Korea Town

Ueno City’s Korea Town is actually very small! It’s so small, that you could probably walk around it and see all of the shops within five minutes. This gem is also quite hidden from sight and it’s quite tricky to find in such a large metropolis as Tokyo.

Matsumoto City's Koboyama

At first glance one may not recognize the historical significance of this location. However, upon observing the rectangular formation of neatly placed stones at the peak of Kōbōyama, one may recognize its tumulus-like features. And, one would be right to. Kōbōyama is in fact a tumulus, or burial mound.

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