From Japan

Land of the Rising Sun

Return to Mount Kumotori

Having immensely enjoyed the same trail in 2017, in early February this year, I embarked on the overnight hike from Mitsumine Shrine (三峯神社), up to Mt. Kumotori (雲取山), and down to Kamosawa (鴨沢) for the second year running. This time I did it alone and, with snow up to my knees at some points, it was a bit of an invigorating ordeal. Read more

Tokyo Snowzilla 2018

The first heavy snow I experience in Tokyo was back in February 2014 when a number of records were broken. The skies remained clear of the white stuff until January 22 of this year when the heavens opened and dropped another mother lode on the capital during a weekday. Read more

Autumn Around Tokyo

Autumn, and indeed the entire year, seems to have passed in a heartbeat but before we enter 2018, I wanted to share some photos of the marvellous fall foliage that we are blessed with in Japan each year. The red leaves (koyo) of late autumn are a breathtaking sight, especially against a backdrop of a temple or a well-groomed garden. Read more