The One about the Tomb of Kano Hogai in Yanaka

In yesterday’s post, I discussed the Okakura Tenshin Memorial Site in Yanaka and how he started the Japan Art Institute (Nihon Bijutsuin). But not far from the Memorial Site is the Tomb of Kano Hogai, a famouse Japanese painter of the early Meiji era. A painter of the Kano school, he is one of the last Kano painters and his paintings show experimentation of Western methods and styles. But with […]

The One about the Okakura Tenshin Memorial Park Site of Okakura Tenshin’s Residence in Yanaka

Okakura Kakuzo (a.k.a. Okakura Tenshin) was a Japanese scholar who is known for the development of arts in Japan. Best known for his book “The Book of Tea”, Okakura was a scholar who learned English while attending a school which was operated by a Christian missionary named Dr. Curtis Hepburn.  At the age of 15, he was a student at Tokyo Imperial University in 1875 and studied under Harvard-educated professor […]

My Organic Container-based Vegetable Garden – June 19, 2017 Update

So far the cherry tomatoes are kicking in…primarily the normal cherry tomatoes, chocolate cherry and the super snow white. I will have to say the snow white cherry tomatoes are absolutely sweet and delicious and definitely will continue to plant those. Costata Romanesco and Striata d’Italia zucchini’s and my bell peppers are actually growing well. The only thing is the spacemaster cucumbers…they are horrendously bitter. I had to look it […]

The One about the Village Dioramas near the Otorii at Meiji Shrine

When I was a college student, I surprised everyone in my class when I built a makeshift island.  It was a lot of work, took a lot of time but I wanted to create something unique and different. Needless to say, it was heavy and required help from my girlfriend and brother to help carry it into the room but when I see village dioramas, may it created with real […]

The One about the Flower Exhibition near the Otorii at Meiji Shrine

For those who are visiting the Meiji Shrine, sometimes you may find flower arrangements to village dioramas that were beautifully decorated. While I don’t know too much on the history of the actual dioramas, I do know that the chrysanthemum exhibition is often held in October/November at the shrine.  So, without further ado, I would love to share photos of these flowers and village dioramas but because of the number […]

Travel Guide: The One about Basic Economy

You booked a flight and got it very cheap and you are now excited. But many travelers are learning that the cheap flight they paid for was “basic economy” and not regular “economy”. And for those who have read about the confusion, frustration or the anger on social media. You have every right to be upset but unfortunately, United Airlines, Delta (who has been doing it since 2012) and American […]

The One about Crayonhouse in Tokyo and Osaka

Located in Omotesando (Tokyo) and in Osaka is a specialty shop known as Crayonhouse. Created with children and also the disabled in mind, Keiko Ochiai wanted to create a company that was not male or adult-centered. She wanted a place where children can enjoy and love and peace is the theme. As for the products, Crayonhouse purchase items outright.  Because instead of dealing with companies and then return unsold items, […]

The One about Fred Zinneman’s “From Here to Eternity”

Back in 1951, American author James Jones’ novel “From Here to Eternity” was released. Loosely based on his life as part of Company E of the Hawaiian’s Division’s 27th Infantry, the novel would win the National Book Award and would receive the distinction as one of the “Best Novels of the 20th Century” by the Modern Library Board. Two years later, the film adaptation directed by Fred Zinneman (“High Noon”, […]