Tag Archives: Matsumoto

Remains of the Stay

Traveling brings with it an accumulation of momentary conversations and connections. Relationships that are never developed, and highly unlikely to be rekindled. Like a variant on Kazuo Ishiguro’s fantastic book The Remains of the Day. I smile to myself at … Continue reading

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Fire Station 21, Matsumoto, Japan

Originally posted on Having a ball in Japan:
Matsumoto Fire Station #21 covers Uchida and Kotobukidai areas south-east of Matsumoto CBD where 2,646 households and 6,357 residents are there. This cross-cultural exchange had been arranged via Yuri at the Matsumoto City Government…

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Top 5 posts about Japan

I got a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress the other day – for 2 years of blogging. Has it actually been that long? With only 76 posts to my name, I can’t be labeled prolific. With dozens of draft posts … Continue reading

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On your bike

You can get a good sense of the real Japan by gently rolling through lanes and streets on a bike. A leisurely pace, often with a tide of fellow riders. Apart from looking a little bit different, who is to … Continue reading

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Narai-juku to Yabuhara via the Torii Pass

(post updated 8 November, 2012) Kiso Valley (木曽谷), is surrounded by mountains such as the Central Alps to the east and the North Alps to the west.  The old Nakasendo Highway, which was completed in the Edo Period 1603–1867) as … Continue reading

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Matsumoto Taiko Festival

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Taiko means great or wide-drum – and aptly describes the annual Matsumoto Taiko Matsuri (Drum Festival) held with an exquisite backdrop of Matsumoto Castle and the Japan Alps. The stage was large, the drums large, the troupes varying from 5 … Continue reading

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Narai-juku to Yabuhara via the Torii Pass

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Kiso Valley (木曽谷), is surrounded by mountains such as the Central Alps to the east and the North Alps to the west.  The old Nakasendo Highway, which was completed in the Edo Period 1603–1867) as a trunk road connecting Kyoto … Continue reading

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