What better announcement of spring is there than sakura – the cherry blossom season? April is the time to enjoy the best hanami in Japan, or cherry blossom viewing. What was our favorite place and what do people do when ‘doing’ hanami?
April 20, 2017: Before we will drive to Tokio to catch an airplane to the Netherlands we have been fortunate to be invited by Peter Ivy, a glassblower who makes beautiful pieces of functional art in his studio in Toyama.
March 17, 2017: For some six weeks we enjoyed Hokkaido’s winter with freezing temps, packs of snow and lots of wildlife. Click on the image to see the animals we spotted.
It’s as awesome as all the travel blogs and sites promise: Sapporo’s Snow Festival.
December 27, 2016: After 2 weeks in the car workshop of Mr Nakashima, it was time for a break. We packed our backpacks, took a ferry, and hiked on Yakushima Island (read about it by clicking on the photo).
December 14, 2016: We hoped for magic things in our Land Cruiser’s country of birth, Japan, but what is happening is beyond expectation. A look into 4Friendee Auto Workshop and what else we have been doing.
November 29, 2016. We feel welcome, we feel safe, we are dazzled by all that is new to us. We make new friends, admire hellish-looking ponds, and have our first car accident in 13 years on the road.
November 8, 2016: Our introduction to Japan: a colorful Kunchi Festival and a Land Cruiser get-together in the mountains.
August 28, 2016: The idea was a quick one-day visa run to Japan. It turned into a 24-hour trip, with enough challenges to fill a blog post and lots of opportunities to study every detail of the friendly, very quiet village of Hitakatsu.