For Sakes sake . . .

Another of my Japanese obsessions is the beautifully ornate Sake barrels often found displayed close to shrines. There is a particularly impressive Sake barrel display close to the entrance of Meiji Jingu Shrine in Shibuyu. When displayed near a Shinto shrine, such barrels are called kazaridaru, which means “decoration barrels.” The barrels on display areContinue reading “For Sakes sake . . .”

Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi

  After briefly stopping to admire the Imperial Palace we head to the quirky little areas of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi. Briefly stopping to ponder what on earth this rather graphic billboard is advertising! The area was unharmed during the firebombings in WWII, so there are plenty of temples and old buildings from the EdoContinue reading “Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi”