My first article in a new series on Taiken Japan.
Before the sun rises over towns and hamlets that slumber between forested mountains, lights begin to flicker in kitchen windows across the valley. In cold weather kerosene or wood stoves are lit, they bring warmth and light as the heart of the Japanese home is awakened by the woman of the house. In summer, windows are opened allowing the cool morning breezes to refresh while releasing smoke from the gas grill as she grills the morning fish.
Welcome to the rural Japanese kitchen.
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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 Nogata-shi is an awesome experience!
Nogata-shi lies at the foot of Mt. Fukuchi. The hour and a half train ride from Hakata Station winds through farms, flooded rice paddies……..
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We recently returned from a trip up to the Tokyo area to visit our daughter and her family. While we were there we took a day trip up to Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area of the Aokigahara -Japan’s most mysterious forest.
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