On day 2 in Nagano Prefecture, Stephen & Skye took me on a day trip to their first home in Japan, lovely Matsumoto. To create a parallel for my GTA readers, Matsumoto could be the Niagara Falls of Nagano. It houses a beautiful black and white castle that is more than 400 years old, surrounded […]

Stephen, Skye & Shimo-suwa

After taking the train for 2.5 hours from Shinjuku, on the Chuo line, I arrived in Shimo-suwa, to be greeted by Stephen & Skye at the station. Across from the station is a tall dead tree and big arc of rope behind a carved piece of stone. This is abstract art symbolizing the Onbashira Festival, […]