Karatsu Kunchi: Feasting and House-hopping

Food and alcohol are undeniably an important part of Karatsu Kunchi. Locals open their houses to family, neighbors, friends, and even strangers to come and spend a little time eating and drinking. Most of the women and some of the men in the family will work tirelessly to prepare a variety and large quantities of food. … Continue reading Karatsu Kunchi: Feasting and House-hopping

A World in Pink: Sakura in Kyushu

It's finally spring in Kyushu! I am excited to spend my first spring in Japan. I was lucky enough to snap a few pictures of the famous cherry blossoms before a rain storm washed them away. I was surprised to learn that there is night Hanami or night flower watching. Some of the pictures below were … Continue reading A World in Pink: Sakura in Kyushu

Blooming Mondays: After the Kumamoto Quake

I must apologize for the delay in blog posts. Karatsu is near enough to Kumamoto to experience small quakes and aftershocks so posting and flower arranging haven't been a priority. The tremors don't appear to be stopping any time soon, too. I woke up to a level 2 the other night. It was pretty scary … Continue reading Blooming Mondays: After the Kumamoto Quake

Blooming Mondays: Valentines

I was so excited for the warm weekend weather in Kyushu. It felt like spring! Then Monday rolled around and the weather dropped - typical. I hope everyone had a good Valentines Day/Singles Awareness Day. Here is my "after" valentines arrangement that reminds me of the coming spring. Flowers So this week I used: pink … Continue reading Blooming Mondays: Valentines