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Vancouver Sights – Nitobe Memorial Garden

Vancouver Sights – Nitobe Memorial Garden

I found a really really pretty place o the edge of UBC. It is called Nitobe Memorial Garden and it is like a mini slice of Japan transplanted onto the edge of Vancouver! I have grown to love Japanese gardens. I mean, they weren’t something that I expected to like as a teenager when I first got to Japan. It’s just I have visited so many amazing examples, that I couldn’t help but start to appreciate them. I used to live…

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Japanese Festivals: Honen Matsuri (the Penis Festival)

Japanese Festivals: Honen Matsuri (the Penis Festival)

I’ve mentioned before how much I loooove visiting Japanese festivals. If you’re interested there are other posts about traditional festivals in Nara here. The Hounen Matsuri (豊年祭) or Penis festival, in Aichi, is one of the most fun events I ever attended in Japan. It was such a giggle! It is actually a fertility festival, so it’s not about worshipping willies. And it is held on the 15th of March every year. We attended back in 2008, when the event…

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Japanese Festivals: Shishimai Matsuri (in Soni)

Japanese Festivals: Shishimai Matsuri (in Soni)

Yesterday I wrote a quick post about the super-fun festival I attended with some friends in Mitsue (in Nara Prefecture, Japan.) It made me think of the other really cool festival that I have attended, located just one village away in Soni. Nara is full of history (it was the capital before Kyoto, over 1300 years ago) so sometimes the Kanji names of places are pretty mad. Soni is no exception. If you want to find the village on google…

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Japanese Festivals: Matsuri in Mitsue

Japanese Festivals: Matsuri in Mitsue

Oh deary me. Sometimes I have slightly dappy moments. Last weekend was my dad’s birthday and I had a brilliant time with my family, helping mum prepare a mountain of food, and then helping consume it all with family and friends. But I managed to leave my computer (with all my photos) back in the countryside. Oops. This means I don’t have all the photo files to finish my next post about the North Downs Way. So, instead, I thought…

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