I first went to the Owara Kaze no Bon festival (おわら風の盆) in September, 2008. Compared to other summer festivals in Japan it’s a fairly subdued affair, but it makes up for that in the beauty on display. Japan, so undeniably ugly at times – think of all the concreted river banks, bland convenience stores, and […]Read more "Owara Kaze no Bon / おわら風の盆"
Friday evening after work I hitched a ride with a friend and his wife to Gokayama (五箇山), a world heritage site, high in the mountains in Toyama prefecture (富山県), about 3 hours north of Nagoya. Arriving around 11pm we all chose to sleep at one of the Michi-no-eki (道の駅) that you can find everywhere throughout […]Read more "Gokayama – Takayama – Nakatsugawa"