2017/04/11

2017/04/11 - Himeji Report

We are now in mid April, and almost all of the cities in the regions of Kyushu, Shikoku, Chugoku, Kinki, Chubu and Kanto reached full bloom (mankai). Today's rain and strong winds would have caused the petals fall in...
2016/03/31

2016/03/31 - Himeji Report

We've now reached the point in the season where most of southern/western Japan has entered the best period for viewing the cherry blossoms (which starts slightly before full bloom), and cities have started to pop over...
2015/04/10

2015/04/10 - Himeji Report

Today I spent one of my wettest reporting days yet this year checking out Himeji in western Japan. Like most of the other major cities around the country, the cherry blossoms around Himeji reached...
2014/11/14

2014/11/14 - Himeji Report

After five long years, the renovation of Himeji Castle will finally be completed in spring 2015. In the meantime, the large scaffolding structure has been removed, and the main keep has become visible again -...
2012/11/29

2012/11/29 - Himeji Report

Today I visited Himeji for our first ever autumn color report from that city.Mount Shosha, a temple mountain overlooking the city from the northwest,...
2012/04/14

2012/04/14 - Himeji Report

Today I made my annual visit to Himeji Castle to check on the current state of the cherry blossoms and the renovation works that had started...
2011/03/28

2011/03/28 - Himeji Report

Generally considered the best surviving original Japanese castle, Himeji Castle, is currently and for another four years undergoing extensive renovation works to its roof and...