April

Shibasakura in Kamunosato no Rokutan

SUBMITTED BY HATHAICHANOK GARCIA Spring has come and  flowers are blooming.  I’m sure many people are wondering if there is somewhere to go to see after cherry blossoms are gone, so I  started to look on the internet and accidently found Shiba-Sakura(芝桜) at  Kamunosato ( 花夢の里ロクタン) in Sera town. There were actually many Read more…

Antiques and Second-Hand

Hikari Flea Market

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST Thank you to my awesome antique hunter friend, Lidia Gonzalez for another pre-dawn adventure! I’m very thankful that I have a flea market buddy who can function before the break of dawn.  Me?  Waking me up that early is like poking a sleeping bear–do so at your own risk Read more…

Antiques and Second-Hand

Yamaguchi Flea Market

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST Thank you Birgitta, Lidia, Michelle, and Julie for a fun adventure and for sharing your pictures! I’m not a hardcore antique/second hand shopper (not yet anyway), but I do enjoy a good bargain once in awhile, especially if it involves beautiful pieces of pottery, masks, or lanterns.  Last Read more…

April

Koinobori over the Nishiki River

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST AND HEATHER COX Koinobori are carp-shaped windsocks flown all over Japan starting in late April until early May to celebrate Tango no Sekku, or Children’s Day.  Traditionally, these carp windsocks are flown together above the roofs of houses with sons.  The biggest carp, in black, represents the father.  Read more…