Festivals: Tamatsukuri Inari & Gion Maturi

On July 15th I attended Tamatsukuri Inari shrine summer festival (my local shrine) and the following day in pre-tyhoon weather went to Gion Matsuri in Kyoto.


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Japan: Kumamoto and Kumamon

In June we had a whistle stop tour of Kumamoto, we flew there, stayed on night and came back. Why? Becuase with Peach airlines I found return flights for less than 7000yen each.


Kumamoto is most famous for its mascot Kumamon, a cute black bear but it also produces a large variety of fruit and vegetables – watermelon and tomatoes in particular. Continue reading