Le Risa

A new restaurant whose dishes are so delicious they should be in grandma's recipe book. It has a local coffee-shop vibe with a wide selection of coffee drinks, smoothies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, mouth-watering dishes, and some of the most delicious desserts I've ever had. The chef's tomato basil pasta was (from an American perspective)... Continue Reading →

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POSTPONED: Upcoming Fireworks!

*UPDATE: Tateyama Fireworks have been postponed to Friday, Aug. 10 due to the typhoon. [Info below left unchanged.] Clear your schedule for two grand firework displays in the next week. The first is this Sunday, Aug. 5 at Iwai beach and next is in Tateyama on Wed., Aug. 8. There are usually food stands around... Continue Reading →

Beach Swim Dates (Summer ’18)

[The below information is an excerpt of and translated from an Iitokodori website article here.]   [The information was last updated on Aug. 12, 2018.] Conditions for beach swimming areas in Minamiboso City: ((Iwai region beach swim areas))      [Dates open]     Sat. July 21 - Mon. Aug., 20 Iwai number 1 (岩井第一) Swimming: OK   Temp:... Continue Reading →

Photos from the Ama Matsuri!

I finally saw the Ama Festival for myself last week (July 15th) at Nojimazaki in Minamiboso and I was amazed. The atmosphere there with the female divers in white, the firelight from their torches illuminating their clothes and the rippling water, and the increasingly climactic music transports you into a different realm. If you are... Continue Reading →

Seasonal Guide to Fruit-Picking & More

Japan takes special pride in its seasonal foods. Picking your own fruit (or vegetables, nuts, etc.) is very popular in country areas like Minamiboso. After all, you can't get fresher than fruit straight from the vine! This post lists popular fruits and more in Chiba Prefecture and their picking season. Check out the PDF for... Continue Reading →

Spotted these beautiful magenta hydrangeas on my way to work this morning! Can't wait for the Hydrangea Festival on Sunday!

Hydrangea Festival 6/10

Come see the hydrangea plants in full bloom during the Hydrangea Festival! WHEN: Sun, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. *You can view the 20,000 hydrangea plants anytime during the month of June. Entry is free, although a small donation is appreciated. WHERE: Nichiun-ji Temple ADDRESS: Minamiboso City, Kamo 2124

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