Kyoto is the city where I came of age, and so it has a special place in my heart. Kyoto was the Imperial capital before Tokyo, and it boasts of more than a thousand years of culture and history. Present-day Kyoto is not a museum, however, but a living city where all sorts of people go about their daily business. And nowhere else in Japan does the modern and the traditional collide and co-exist with such magnificence.




The Awaodori festival happens annually in Tokushima prefecture and is a glorious spectacle to behold. Old and young, formal performers and passers-by all participate in this local variety of the Obon dance. I had the pleasure of visiting the event while staying at friend’s in Tokushima in 2017, and I can’t wait to go back.




Tokyo is where I currently reside. A behemoth of a city with so much going on that it’s very hard to wrap one’s mind around it. I’m eager to find out what this city has in store for me.