Asahikawa is a landlocked city, facing the Taisetsuzan Mountains with 2,291 meters in elevation, in Hokkaido. It is a gate way to Furano area. Tourists go through the city to their destinations. I love Ayako Miura’s litarary works. She lived most of her life (1922- 1998) in the city and wrote many popular titles with Asahikawa and Hokkaido as a place of the stories. She started her carrer as a novel writer when her story ” Hyouten” or Freezing point won the Asahi Shinbun newspaper’s competition in her 42. She wrote many stories like Shiokari Touge, Deiryu Chitai, Kairei, Jyuko to name a few. I knew about her and her works since I was young. However, I never felt I would read any of them back then. I started to read just a few years ago when I had……
I like Chinatown in Honolulu. Smell of Chinese spices, meat, fresh produces, lively conversations… I like the atmosphere of the town. It is just a few blocks away from Hawaii state art museum and the statue of father Damien stood in front of the government building. It is my routine to go to Chinatown after seeing the statue and watching the latest exhibition at the museum. My father, who passed away in 2022, would buy grilled belly pork for his snack at his room in the evening. My mom…….
You could visit most of tourist-must-see places by walk and tram. Hakodate is a compact tourist destination. Also it is a place I wanted to
live. The city was developed as one of the five treaty port in the modern history. There are histrical buildings and places built during the
early period of the port opening like churches, western style buildings, the foreign cemeteries, the warehouses, to name a few. They are
kept in a good condition to this days. Many of the are around the foot of the Mount Hakodate near the dock area. People are climing up
and down the slopes. The trams crisscross the town as an important transportation for the people living there…..
I am now staying City of Sapporo, the seat of Hokkaido to enjoy beautiful Autumn season. I visited the city about 35 years ago around that time of year. As it was just overnight stay for business, I do not remember now. During the Covid-19 travel restrictions, I stayed my town for over two years except Hiruzen, Okayama this summer. ….
I made a visit to Takahata, a town of some 22,000 bordering Yonezawa city to its west in Yamagata prefecture. They produce rice on the flat area and peaches, pears, apples, grapes, cherries, etc., on the hilly areas. Takahata town is the largest producer of ”Delaware grapes” in the nation. With its abundant gifts from nature, the town has been called as “Mahoroba” in ancient Japanese word, or a fertile land surrounded by hills and Mountains.
Yonezawa is the seat of Yonezawa clan which governed the south part of Yamagata in the Edo period. The land was no so fertile. With large servants to feed and frequent orders for supports in terms of labor and money from the Tokugawa shognate, they were under financial difficulty all the time. Uesugi Yozan, load of the clan, has been admired as a leader to turn around the situation through furugality …..
I flew a direct flight to Kona, the Big Island by JAL. I’ ve been here before in july, 2001 by JAL. But I arrived at Hilo, the eastern town in the island that time. I remember the flight flew along east side of the island shore line, which was black and smoke from lava flowing into the waters. This flight touched down the airport soon after the land appeared.