Satoyama

A view of Satoyama at Hakuba, Nagano like this picture heals many of Japanese people as it make us feel at home. People live in this area lives together with the nature as has been done for hundreds of years.

Kids’ Sanctuary

Like dollar shops? They are very handy to useful things with low prices. Here is an original “ten cents shop” in Japan. These are called “Dagashi-ya” meaning snack shops, and most of sweets only cost some ten cents. So kids go there every day with ten cent coins in their …

Ueno-Okachimachi

Looking down Ueno-Okachimachi area, with several trains running through. A narrow path along the train rail with many people walking is Ameya-yokocho, or just Ameyoko, where you can buy many things with really cheap price. In you follow up the rail, you can see Ueno station and green Ueno park …

Summer has Come

After long rainy season, summer has come! The sun is beautiful, the blue sky is high, and the sunflower is tall! With high humidity and the temperature as high as 35 degrees Celsius or 95 degrees Farenheit, it is not very comfortable to live in. But I think the blue …

A Local Temple

There are so many temples around where I live, and this is one of them. The leaves of lotus look so fresh and green. These temples are usually very quiet and almost no one visiting at the same time. So you can take a rest in a quiet atmosphere and …

Artistic lift

An artistic lift found in a hotel in Matsumoto, Nagano. Although I did not have a chance, the doors on every floors have different pictures of ladies wearing Japanese kimono. I am hoping that I can stay this hotel again so that I can have a complete set of pictures …

Open-Air Bath

Japanese the most favorite thing in daily life must be a bath. Many love Onsen or hot spring spa. and spend time and money for them. So, what you expect in Hotel or lodge with Onsen is this open-air bath. It is almost impossible to describe how wonderful it is …