Aya no Sho, a Seamless Blend of East and West.

Heavy rain batters against the car drowning out the faint sound of storm warnings on the radio as we pull up to Ryokan Aya no Sho (彩の庄). A sliver of nervousness grasps us as we imagine the entire inn being swept away by the wet forces of nature. As we step out of our car,Continue reading “Aya no Sho, a Seamless Blend of East and West.”

Healing for the mind, body and soul! Ryokan Sanga in Kurokawa Onsen.

Hello. friends! I’m back for more and this time I will introduce a location that holds a special place in my heart. So, where might this be? Let me tell you! This is Sanga Ryokan in Kurokawa Onsen! In order to recuperate after Covid-19, many of the onsen establishments in my town offer special dealsContinue reading “Healing for the mind, body and soul! Ryokan Sanga in Kurokawa Onsen.”

A few words regarding Covid-19

Hello everyone, There has been a long silence here and I deeply apologize for that. Spring has arrived safely here in Aso, Kumamoto and the fresh grass is greener and more beautiful than ever! It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that even life in this small mountain village has been a bit crazyContinue reading “A few words regarding Covid-19”

3 days of Minamioguni adventures!

Woop woop! I’m still alive!!! Sorry for the looooong time away! I’ve been a busy bee and even though I’ve had some time off here and there, that time has been spent face down in my bed. So, let’s start off by saying that we have finally launched our website for the guided private toursContinue reading “3 days of Minamioguni adventures!”

Summer times! Tateiwa Suigen Festival!

Hey and hello! The rainy season has finally ended and the summer is here in full force! Which also means overwhelming heat and a constant flow of sweat trickling down my back and forcing me to do laundry almost every day! Something that goes along with Japanese summer is ‘matsuri’! Matsuri means festival and theyContinue reading “Summer times! Tateiwa Suigen Festival!”

Random life updates from rural Japan!

Hello everyone! Missed a week! Sorry about that, but as you can see I’m alive and kicking! I will blame my slight absence on the fact that I have spent all my free time lately on studying. And as an effect of the studies, obsessive gardening… I’m taking a big exam at the beginning ofContinue reading “Random life updates from rural Japan!”

Kurokawa Onsen Morning Picnic! In the rain!

Hello!! Happy Sunday! In lack of better pictures to start off this post, I’ll share another beautiful selfie of me and my partner-in-crime Koko! Today I will touch on a subject that I surprisingly haven’t delved all that deep into on the blog yet. Namely, Kurokawa Onsen! Obviously, I have mentioned Kurokawa Onsen since it’sContinue reading “Kurokawa Onsen Morning Picnic! In the rain!”

Veggies, Meat, and vast Grasslands!

Hello!! Max here being mounted by my delightful but slightly bossy owner Koko! Today will be a shorter but nonetheless pleasant post. I actually just got back from a very nice and delicious BBQ-lunch in the middle of the vast grasslands (sougen/草原) of Mt. Aso and thought I’d share some pictures. The mastermind behind thisContinue reading “Veggies, Meat, and vast Grasslands!”