Autumn comes in many different colours; ranging from deep, dark red, to bright red and browns, to intense ochres and yellows. The Ginkgo tree astonishes with bright yellow and golden […]
Freshly invigorated by my recent journeys to Himeji and Osaka, I went out to explore the Mito inaka a little more. This time I went to a far away place […]
A couple of weeks ago, when I was looking up something on the map around Daikumachi in Mito, I noticed that there is a shrine I have never noticed, but from its location I must have passed well over a hundred times by now. Admittedly most of these times were by bus, but also I have not noticed it in any information material I gathered over the years. Mito Hachimangu (水戸八幡宮み, とはちまんぐう) is located close to the above mentioned street and is still considered to be in the “romantic zone”.
Let the magic of yakiniku make you healthy and strong . That’s what it says on the menu. And it’s true or not, but who cares. It’s wonderful, so it’s […]
It is one of the longest standing traditions in Japan and always eagerly awaited: Sakura season. Special weather forecasts give you instant updates as of which time is the best […]
It’s already more than three weeks ago, time flies these days. Lots of events, graduation, people leaving, publishing paper, and work kept me quite busy, so I was not able […]
Kōdōkan is an important historic site and one of the sights in Mito that you must not miss. It is very close to the station on the north side. The […]
Spring is a big deal in Mito. The reason for this is Kairakuen. As one of the three big gardens in Japan it changes its face throughout the seasons. Early […]
Gokoku Jinja (護國神社, ごこくじんじゃ) is one of my favourite shrines in Mito. It is located across from Kairakuen. Right next to it is Sakura Yama (桜山, さくらやま), which is most beautiful […]
Outside of Book Ace there is a restroom which has particular instructions, even in English. Now you know how to behave, keep at it.