Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Miyajima deer

Deer on Miyajima Island, roaming next to the Itsukushima shrine 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mushroom hunting

"Mushroom hunting", Ukiyo-e Museum of Matsumoto.

And mushroom hunting in Epirus, Greece:

November 2012

October 2014

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The Crow Castle (Karasu-jo) - i.e. the Black Castle of Matsumoto, one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji-jo and Kumamoto-jo.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Snow monkeys

Snow monkeys (Japanese macaques) at Jigokudani hot spring of Nagano prefecture

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kenroku-en garden

Kenroku-en garden in Kanazawa - one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.
We were so lucky to visit it during heavy snowfall ...

With Dragan and Sofia

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dinner at Yokanoya in Kanazawa

Kappo ryori dinner with beautiful and tasty small dishes and excellent local cloudy sake, thanks to our new friends Dragan and Sofia

Crab - a winter specialty

This is the menu ... obviously, without the help of Sofia it would have been quite a task to order ...

Sashimi with gold flakes (also a local specialty)

Delicious grilled fish

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Japanese farewell dinner

Fine farewell dinner at Daining Yoshi arranged by our good friend Yoshiyuki Sato, Professor of Ancient History at Nagoya University

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Anna at Fushimi Inari Taisha - the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto, Japan.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ramen Factory

Great ramen at Ramen Factory in Higashiyama-ku of Kyoto, near Tofuku-ji Temple.

Clever detail: selfies made easier through selfie sticks hanging from the ceiling ...