Yasukawa Rafting in Moriyama

Moriyama City held its 33rd annual Yasugawa Adventure Tournament on June 29, 2014. I did not know about the event, but as I was cycling down Yasugawa in the morning I saw dozens of hand-built rafts slowly floating down the river from just above the Shiga Route 48 bridge to a few hundred meters below […]

Hayama Danchi Mochitsuki 2013 video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1ctzPghJDA This short video is an attempt to express the spirit of my neighborhood as we made and ate mochi (sticky rice cakes) on December 22, 2013. I did not shoot or record with a plan, so it’s pretty rough. Also, wanted to use it for teaching, so I used photos in three ways: original […]

Merry Christmas from Ritto, Japan

Merry Christmas! This year Christmas Day in Ritto City is fairly warm and sunny. In Japan it’s an ordinary work day. Of course in cities, we can see a lot of illumination display, and there are many events, bargain sales, etc., especially for college students and other young folks with money. It’s purely commercial. I […]

Sounds of Mochitsuki at Hayama Danchi

Neighborhood adults and children are making mochi (Japanese rice cake). We take turns pounding the rice. Adults help and encourage children to keep this winter tradition alive in rural Japan. http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11526968496/in/set-72157638970732745/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11526886765/in/set-72157638970732745/ More photos of the event are on Flikr: Hayama Danchi 2013 Mochitsuki.