Archive for April, 2012
Since we’ve been missing the Japanese hot springs, we’ve gone on a little weekend getaway from Tokyo. The Izu peninsula boasts a variety of generously flowing hot springs. Atami (熱海), only half an hour’s ride by Shinkansen from Tokyo, was our first stop. Its main attraction are definitely its seven hot spring sources. The town lies on the hillside descending down to the ocean, sporting a sun beach and beach front that is lit up at night. Its main products are dried fish of all shapes, citrus fruit, and onsen manju, a Japanese sweet that is traditionally steamed in the steam escaping from the hot springs themselves.(more…)
When we left Zurich last Sunday, we took off in a snow storm (admittedly somewhat atypical for the season). These last days, I have been snowed on as well, but in a much more pleasant manner: by falling Sakura petals floating through the air.
Even though the rains have now taken down most of the glory of Tokyo’s Sakura trees, I still have to pay a tribute to this year’s season in pictures. (more…)
One of the most magical places in Tokyo during Hanami season is Chidorigafuchi (千鳥ヶ淵, thousand birds moat), the northeastern part of the Imperial Palace moat. Gorgeous old sakura trees are lining both banks of the moat, extending their branches towards the surface of the water.
We visited Chidorigafuchi on two consecutive days early in the morning, finding two completely different moods. (more…)