Japanese countryside

photo by Zoria April

Planting the Seed of Beauty: Rice Paddy Art and Where to See it in Japan

Nazca Lines in Peru and Cerne Abbas Giant in the UK are amazing large scale works with long history. Rice field art in Japan comes close in that it has a similar scale, but it is transient – disappearing with the harvest. And in that it perfectly embodies the Japanese concept of “mono no aware”…

What is Obama City in Japan All About? Much More Than You Think

Back when Barack Obama was the president of the USA, Obama city in Fukui prefecture, Japan, decided to ride that wave of name recognition. The omiyage with the president’s face was popping up everywhere, the lucky coincidence of the two names helping propel the small Japanese seaside town to newfound fame. Now that Barack is…

3 Almost Secret Tokyo Daytrips – Authentic Local Experiences

by Zoria Petkoska The Tokyo metropolis spans out in all directions endlessly, so much so that you might not notice where Tokyo ends, and another prefecture begins. The excellent public transport system acts as the urban glue, so Tokyoites can reach the nearby mountains and beaches without ever having to drive. Therefore, a day trip…
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Riding the Steam Locomotive Train SL PALEO – Now the Rugby WC2019 & Sake Train!

by Zoria Petkoska Author’s Photo Puffing and smoking, the SL Paleo Express pulls into Kumagaya station and it seems we’ve all found ourselves in a time slip. Yet, that very time slip magic is what people come for every weekend – some riding the train, some waiting along the tracks to see it passing. Some…
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Reasons to Live and Work in the Japanese Countryside and Small Towns

by Zoria Petkoska Even the hardcore city-lovers have days when the urban jungle is suffocating, overwhelming, energy-draining enemy. It makes a lot of us think about ditching city life for more comfort, but ultimately we are scared of the unknown. And the city is our playground and we play well on most days. Photo by…

Discover the Beauty of San’in, the Hidden Treasure of Japan!

Traveling to Japan is fun, but it can be easy to stay within the different cities connected by bullet trains as it is conveniently reasonable and less-time consuming. However, the best-kept secrets are usually situated far from the main cities, which means you need to get off trains and do some good old-fashioned exploring! One…

Shirakawago, Gifu: A Quaint Village for Relaxation

Located in Gifu prefecture of Japan is a quaint village known as Shirakawa-go. This is a place hidden away in the mountains, full of luxurious trees and blossoming flowers in spring. It is dominated by gasho-zukuri houses. This is a very peculiar style of architecture for houses. It is said to have a Minka-style where…