Konnichiwa! Today, the 7th of December, is Mandy's and my nineteenth wedding anniversary. Most of those nineteen years have been spent in Japan (in addition to some years spent here before we got married). So this month, I'd like to post some random personal photos from our time here, that show some of the adventures we have been on during our almost-two-decades in 'the land of the rising sun'. I hope you find them interesting, and if they raise any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments section. Any feedback is also most welcome. Enjoy the rest of your year, and best wishes to you. Warmest regards, Chris
This first picture is of us in front of Osaka castle, circa 1993, where the movie "Shogun" was filmed.
In the coastal town of Shimizu, in Shizuoka, we checked out the famous tall ship, the Santa Maria...
We tried our hand at skiing for the first time in our lives in the mountains in Gifu prefecture.
When World Cup Soccer came to Japan, we were lucky to get tickets to see a game in Shizuoka prefecture.
One of our great experiences in Shizuoka was playing in a live band at a local jazz cafe in Fukuroi...
Of course a must-see in Shizuoka (or alternatively in Yamanashi) is Mt. Fuji, aka Fuji-san. We climbed to the top of Fuji-san (3,776m) in the summer at the turn of the millennium. It's something we'll never forget. In fact you can read about it in a previous post on my Japan blog here:
Japan’s Traditional Sport
Sumo is Japan’s traditional national sport and is one of the most popular spectator sports in the country. Sumo has its roots in ancient Shinto religious rites to ensure good harvests. It is believed to be at least 1500 years old. For me it is the traditional aspects and rituals of this ancient sport that really appeal. I will briefly explain about some of the more common traditions and rituals in this post.
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John Asano is a web developer and freelance writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne Australia, he writes for Japan Australia, a blog dedicated to Japan travel, culture, traditions and modern life in Japan as well as Japan Travel Advice, a website dedicated to travel in Japan.