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Kanamara Matsuri – The Festival of the Steel Phallus

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The Festival of the Steel Phallus or かなまら祭り (Kanamara Matsuri) is held at Kawasaki Shrine (Daishi). Oh boy, and is it ever one of...

Journey in Japan Part 53: In the Land of Spuds and Money

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Today I overslept. It is 4 pm when I finally crawl from my bed. Having missed most of the day, and without a plan, I...

Journey in Japan Part 42: There Will Be Flood

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Another typhoon is making its miserable way toward Tokyo and should arrive this evening. I can’t wait. Today it is already raining, and looking...

Journey in Japan Part 30: Dog Day, Afternoon

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Back in Tokyo, and today in Nihonbashi there is an annual festival taking place, the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri. It is one of the three...