I finally made it to the mountains this winter to go snowboarding! While we have not had the best winter for snow, the conditions were decent, and I had a lot of fun! Unfortunately, there were no snow monsters, but it was great to get back out on the slopes in search of fresh powder. … Continue reading Ani Ski Resort
With mountain roads becoming more inaccessible by bike, I have to keep my travels a bit closer to home. On Monday, I went to Gokoku Shrine and the Akita Castle Ruins. It is a grand shrine on beautifully maintained grounds and is adjacent to the ruins. The area was fairly busy for a Monday, with … Continue reading Gokoku Shrine & Akita Castle
Hot springs and ramen, aaahhhh, it’s good to be back home! As we enter the second year of Reiwa and the new decade of 2020, I wish all of you happiness and success! Keeping with the Japanese New Year tradition, I visited my local shrine and asked for a good year and guidance on my … Continue reading Happy New Year!
After a visit to Senshu Park this past weekend, I realized I have never written about such a beautiful area right here in Akita City. Having now visited the park in all four seasons, I have to say it truly is a nice place to take a stroll and unwind for the day. With shrines, … Continue reading Senshu Park
For those of you that don’t know, I was recently in a bicycle accident. I am currently recuperating and taking time to rest and heal. As I sit and have my coffee in the morning, watching the snow falling, I long to explore the mountains of Akita. For now, I ask for you to hang … Continue reading To My Followers
Hamada Forest Park, vast and serene, is just south of Omoriyama Zoo. While I am not complaining, I have to say that I am a bit surprised that I was the only person there. Not far from the city center, it seems to me that it would be an enjoyable place to go on a … Continue reading Hamada Forest Park
I thought after visiting Dakigaeri Gorge that my hunt for autumn leaves was over, but I was wrong! Sunday, I went to Oyasukyo, a beautiful area in Yuzawa. The magnificent autumn colors took my breath away. Stunning, beautiful, and breathtaking are all words that describe the fall leaves in the gorge. As you enter the … Continue reading The Hunt Continues in Oyasukyo!