Haneda Festival: traditional fishermen’s prayers in the shadow of jets

One of the best things about being in Japan in the summer is the various neighborhood festivals.  Depending on the neighborhood and its guardian shrine, the festival can take place any time of the year, but summer seems to be the most popular season. Historically, Haneda, the neighborhood just north of the mouth of the … Continue reading Haneda Festival: traditional fishermen’s prayers in the shadow of jets

Nihonbashi: where modern Tokyo and historical Edo meet

Nihonbashi has always been a business and commercial hub in Tokyo, with Mitsukoshi--Tokyo's premier department store-- and the Tokyo Stock Exchange located nearby.  But with recent developments of other multi-use buildings hosting shops, office facilities and hotels, the area is enjoying a new vibrancy. The name "Nihonbashi" means "Japan Bridge".  It is the name given … Continue reading Nihonbashi: where modern Tokyo and historical Edo meet