The One about Shakuji Park in Nerima

In America, when we go to a park, things are kept simple. You know where the parking lot is, you know where the bathrooms are, you know where the dining/BBQ pits are located. And for the most part, everything is self contained and easy to find. Japan parks (which are known as “koen”) are quite interesting because there are numerous parks that have paths that go off to unusual areas […]

The One about Itsukushima Shrine in Nerima

For those traveling to Nerima will definitely want to head to Shakuji Park to check out Itsukushima Shrine, Sanbuji Temple and Pond. Created during the Edo Era, the shrine’s date of when it was founded is unknown but it is considered a water shrine. What is known that the shrine received renovation in 1957, completed in 1985, was reinforced with concrete in 1988 and a seawall was created in 1987. […]

The One about the Chihiro Art Museum in Nerima

One of Japan’s famous artist and illustrators, Chihiro Iwasaki is best known for her water-color artwork which promote peace and happiness for children. Before I get into the museum, let me first introduce you to some of Iwasaki’s artwork: As you can see, Chihiro Iwasaki had a distinctive style and she learned from Saburosuke Okada, artist and professor of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts at the age of 14.  […]

The One about Inarisuwa Shrine in Nerima

Located near Ikebuchishiseki Park in Nerima is Inarisuwa Shrine. Also known as Wada Inari Jinja, this Shinto Shrine is also known as Dengoro Inari or Wadaborinari and was once used as a guardian protecting the surrounding Wada district but since the Meiji period, the name of the shrine is officially Inarisuwa Shrine. While there are documents of the shrine, there is no clear date of when it was created.  On […]