Tasting Sake at Nadagiku Sake Brewery, Himeji

When you think of sake brewers an image of a middle-aged Japanese man would probably cross your head, but have you ever heard of a female sake brewer? The toji (head brewer) of Nadagiku Sake Brewery (灘菊酒造) in Himeji, Misa Kawaishi, is one of the few female sake brewers in the country. They have also merged […]

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Discovering Himeji – Himeji Castle and Sara Soba

By the time we finished exploring Mt. Shosha, we didn’t have much time to see Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijō) before it closed so we just made a hasty visit to take pictures of the spectacular castle grounds, for after all, it is said to be the most beautiful castle in Japan. Its pure white appearance […]

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Discovering Himeji – A Hike up Mt Shosha to Engyoji Temple

Climbing Mt. Shosha (書写山, Shoshazan) might have been made easier by the introduction of modern technology (ropeway), but the ropeway only takes you to midway up the mountains. We were left to make our own way up to Engyoji temple (円教寺, Engyōji), a temple complex with temple buildings spread over forested surroundings. The rest of the trek […]

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