Author Archives: aallworden

Hirugaya Rice Festival

February is a cold month in the Shizuoka prefecture. Temps drop to freezing or below and the wind makes it feel twice as cold. What better time to have a bonfire celebration, praying for a good growing season and harvest of rice. ...

Swimming in Tea

The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun complex is a labyrinthine collection of modern attractions. It’s sprawling rooms hold a vast assortment of amusements, waterslides, saunas, flashy arcades and beer vending machines. You’re ...