Torīzaka is one of the steepest hills in Tokyo. The word Torī would make you think there was a big shrine in the area, but there isn’t. So where did this name come from?
Let’s find out what Torīzaka means! Continue reading Why is Toriizaka called Toriizaka?
Coming of Age Day was a few weeks ago and I really didn’t have anything to write about. I mean, I’ve never been to a coming of age ceremony. I’ve heard about what goes on there, but I’m not really an authority on the subject, nor did I have any insightful commentary on the phenomenon. But I do love when this holiday comes around for one reason. All the girls who turn 20 that year get all decked out in really [expensive] beautiful kimonos and get their hair and make up done especially for the day. It’s a great day … Continue reading Coming of Age Day