Bath Time

One of the best part of Japan: the combination of snow and hot spring!

Snow Tori

Tori in the snow in Aizu Wakamatsu.

Sazaedo Pagoda

The Sazaedo Pagoda in Aizu Wakamatsu is particularly interesting because of its double helix ramp, which allows visitors to go up and down without passing each others. Think of it as a DNA strand with the two ramps interlacing each other within the same cylinder – remarkable.

Higashiyama Onsen

Higashiyama Onsen (東山温泉) is an onsen resort in a valley just east of the downtown area of Aizu Wakamatsu. One particularly notable ryokan of the valley is the Mukaitaki Ryokan: a traditional, wooden construction, with its name written in gold on the side – you can’t miss it. Was lucky with the weather: it snowed […]

Pretty People Only

Funny side on a bench in Ouchijuku: pretty people only!

Lunch at Ouchijuku

Eating soba at Ouchijuku: leek soba is their specialty – quite good.


Ouchijuku lying along Aizu West Road is a small village nestled among lofty mountains that once flourished as post town in the Edo period. The main road through this village was called Aizu West Road or Shimotsuke Road which played an important role in connecting Aizu Wakamatsu, a castle town in Fukushima Prefecture, and Imaichi […]

Tamiya Unimog

To accompany my daughter in her RC adventures, Santa got me a Tamiya Mercedes-Benz Unimog 425 on a CC01 chassis! This thing can go anywhere :)

Tamiya Neo Scorcher

Christmas gift for my daughter last year (she asked for it!): a Tamiya XB Neo Scorcher, TT-02B chassis. We’ve had a lot of fun with it… but I needed something to accompany her…

Sengen Jinja

The Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja (北口本宮冨士浅間神社) used to be the starting point for climbing Mount Fuji from the north. The trailhead is still located directly behind the right side of the shrine’s main hall , but today most climbers start their ascent from the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station halfway up the mountain, effectively […]