Day 4: mystical and magical. Who needs Disney when you can board a train and escape to a magical world in reality? The scenery from the train window helps the transformation from urban to this snowy wonderland in the mountains. Yamadera has 1100 steps and they so graciously tell you how far you have gotten.
The wind and snow were howling at us at the bottom, but determination helped us reach the top. Peaceful silence broken by screams - a traveler embarked with inadequate
A short jaunt north of Tokyo on the Shinkansen from the Ueno JR station was the perfect pitstop to wander main streets of two small charming towns. Nikko: antiques and wabi sabi When you depart the Nikko train station to head to the Toshogu shrine you can choose the public transit bus or to walk a slowly sloping main street with a decent sidewalk. Sometimes there are so many people waiting for the bus, that the walk is worth it. I also prefer the art of accidental adventure t
35 Days in Japan by rail, plane, car, and most importantly feet. I earned my MFA in Graphic Design in 1999. During my thesis research, I found Lucy Lippard's book "The Lure of the Local" and began a journey grounded in Identity with Place which came from her writings and my musings of my past. Sabbaticals are intended to provide opportunity for intensive research in one's discipline after achieving the goal of tenure which is a very enduring and trying time for people in the