The graceful curves of a Geisha wearing a kimono. The rotund shape of a groaning sumo wrestler. The stately orange beams of a torii gate. An artistic plate of freshly caught sushi. The large eyes of a manga cartoon charter. The serenity of a perfectly raked gravel rock garden. I don’t know if there is another country that has so many single identifiable images associated with its culture. All of these images speak the word Japan as clearly as if it were yelled from the mountain tops. But if there is one iconic image that stands high above the rest when it comes to symbolizing the soul of Japan, it is Mt. Fuji.
Food stalls, craft vendors selling their wares in tents and American country music blaring over a loudspeaker – It’s a fall foliage festival. But this one is in Kawaguchico Japan, within sight of Mount Fuji. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: A Foliage Festival Food Stall In Japan”
The Japanese love their varied festivals and holidays. For a visitor, the festival with the highest adorable factor has to be Shichi-Go-San, or the 3-5-7 festival which refers to the ages of the children that participate.
The Great Pumpkin Carve is THE anticipated event of the fall season in the Brandywine Valley of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Set aside any preconceived notion you may have of jack-o-lanterns with triangle eyes and a saw tooth smile. The 400 pound vegetable specimens serve as a canvas for artists, sculptors, and anyone up for the challenge of creating an artistic pumpkin masterpiece.
On the second weekend of every September, the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania-northern Delaware hosts three major festivals that are a huge draw for visitors to an area that is already rich in historic and cultural attractions. Continue reading “Mushrooms, Muskets and Funnel Cakes – A Festival Weekend in the Brandywine Valley”