Roadtrip to Hokkaido: Looking for the natives (Pt. 1)

If you are good with hints, then you probably noticed already that a post about Hokkaido was long overdue. In previous posts, you already got a sneak peek of what spring roads look like in the far north, as well as understood more about the climate of the northern parts of Japan (use google-translate ifContinue reading “Roadtrip to Hokkaido: Looking for the natives (Pt. 1)”

Sugidama for Sake

Sugidama (杉玉) [lit. cedar ball] is a big sphere made out of japanese cedar, which is usually hang from the eaves of the entrance of a sake brewery. The brewers order and put it up, in order to show that freshly-brewed sake is available for sale. As time passes, the ball’s color changes from greenContinue reading “Sugidama for Sake”

After-March Aftermath

Part 1 — Match the same March is a total weirdo in Greece. It can rain under bright sun and freeze you to death in the afternoon after a warm morning. That’s why a traditional proverb describes March with nothing but merciless, gruesome adjectives e.g. scalper and fire-starter. The winter has not backed down yet,Continue reading “After-March Aftermath”