Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Koishikawa Korakuen in Spring

Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the few gardens in Japan with a designation as the Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Special Historic Site of the country. Like other Japanese-style gardens, this garden features a big pond; an array of different trees; and flowers that bloom for every season. However the inspiration from various classic literature as well as images from historic places makes it unique from other gardens. The.. Read More

Tokyo Parks for Autumn Viewing

There are a lot of Tokyo parks to visit when in Japan. Each has its own unique feature that goes well for every season. While most tourists from abroad visit Japan to see the sakura in spring, the changing colors of the leaves are as fascinating. For this year, my husband and I were able to visit a few parks in Tokyo which are popular for autumn viewing.   Tokyo.. Read More

Lake Chuzenji and Onsen in Summer

Lake Chuzenji or Chuzenjiko is a big lake in the mountains of Nikko. Around the lake are summer houses mostly of European embassies, cafes, and restaurants. On fine days, fishing enthusiasts enjoy catching trouts with a beautiful view of the mountains. On cold days, influx of people come to town to enjoy a hot soak in the onsens.   Spending a Day at Lake Chuzenji   With summer nearly ending,.. Read More

Ryogoku : Tokyo’s Museum Town

Ryogoku is popular to many as a home for sumo wrestling. Most of the time, people especially from abroad visit this place to see sumo fights. Another popular thing people do in the area is to visit the Edo Tokyo Museum.┬áRecently, me and my friend went biking to and around Ryogoku. I discovered that in addition to its “Old Tokyo” ambiance, this place is a haven for museum lovers.  .. Read More

Hanabi Festivals Near Nishi-Kasai

Summer is the season for Hanabi festivals in Japan. It means people get to enjoy watching beautiful fireworks display with some beer, cold drinks, and snacks. Every year, several of these festivals take place all over Tokyo.   About five years or so, it has been a tradition for us to go to some of these fireworks festivals. From our place here in Nishi-Kasai, we have good access to two.. Read More