It was an exciting day for us heading to the mountains on this pleasant spring Sunday. Today the goal was Mt. Hibaru (Hibaru-san – 檜原山), a small mountain of 734.9 meters located in the Hon-Yabakei region of Nakatsu. It’s one of the smaller and closer mountains to Nakatsu which worked out perfect today allowing us… Continue reading Mt. Hibaru and Other Mysterious Backwoods Explorations
To Mojiko! It’s a place both the wife and I have wanted to go for a while and last weekend we finally made the trip. Mojiko is located at the very northern tip of Kyushu and is part of the city of Kitakyushu. From this port one can cross the small channel between the islands… Continue reading Mojiko: Northern Tip of Kyushu (plus Ganryujima!)
This is my contribution to the blog carnival sponsored by Sophelia at http://sopheliajapan.blogspot.jp/. So go ahead and check out her site for more cool writings on the theme of: “New Beginnings”. … This is the story of moving from one no-name Japanese countryside to another. After four years living in the countryside of Toyama Prefecture,… Continue reading New Beginnings: From One Inaka to Another – Japan Blog Carnival Entry
Can you do it? Last night after worked I walked to the train station and got to the platform five minutes early. This is rare because I usually show up within one, maybe two minutes … I suppose in order to not waste time. So I got there and thought whether I should read a… Continue reading I Urge You to Do, NOTHING!
The blog carnival hosted by Sophelia at http://sopheliajapan.blogspot.jp/ is only five days away! So if you’re interested in joining get writing and contact Sophelia by email, and if you’re looking forward to reading all the different articles, mark April 19th on your calendar, yo. It should be good fun so don’t miss out! … Back to “Zen in… Continue reading Upcoming Blog Carnival & More From “Zen in the Art of Archery”
A couple weeks ago (before the the Great Stomach Plague), Satomi and I had a Sunday with nothing to do. But with a new driver’s license in hand, I had great ambitions. We thought about taking a day drive maybe to Oita City (hour and a half south west from Nakatsu) or maybe Kokura (hour and… Continue reading All the Way to Kumamoto Castle
I don’t know how I missed this book until now. Maybe it’s cause there’s so many books that sound like it? But this one is old, published in 1953, which may make it one of the originals of the “Zen in the art of …” books. It’s fairly short, but fully worth the read, like… Continue reading “Zen in the Art of Archery”