Fighting Kites – Hamamatsu’s Festival

On the last day of the office “Golden Week” holiday, I headed out with my friends/students to the city of Hamamatsu to take part in the festivities. There are 2 parts to the famous festival, the “kite fighting” out on the sand dunes and then the twilight/night parades with dozens of wooden “floats” which I think of more like huge, ornately decorated wagons. This festival … Continue reading Fighting Kites – Hamamatsu’s Festival

A Rainy Day in Hamamatsu

Some of my fave students and I spent a rainy day in Hamamatsu, about an hour away, enjoying lunch, a lil’ shopping, and the Museum of Musical Instruments. Hamamatsu is know for it’s piano factories, the well-known names of Yamaha and Kawai as well as smaller family businesses. The cool part was getting to listen to samples of the instruments from Asia, Europe, Africa and … Continue reading A Rainy Day in Hamamatsu

Chikubu shima (island)

  Our first stop was Nagahama Castle on the shores of  Biwa-ko, Japan’s largest lake. The castle was built in 1574 but in 1615 after being captured by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu it was dissembled and used in the construction of Hikone castle, further south on the coast. On our way to tiny Chikubu island in the middle of Lake Biwa – one of 8 most … Continue reading Chikubu shima (island)