• Obasute Rice Terraces in Morning Sun

    Obasute rice terraces in the morning sun, with the Chikuma River and the Zenkoji Plain in the distance. 5 minute walk from Obasute Station on the JR Shinonoi Line.

    November 15, 2023

  • Geisha Performance at Kamesei Ryokan in Onsen Town Togura Kamiyamada

    Veteran shamisen player Harukoma-san and newcomer dancer Kotomi on Tuesday for Patrick Harnett and guests, And Harukoma-san again tonight with lead dancer Takeshi for Keith Parker and Ken Parker and friends, and in our lobby by the wood stove. The 30-minute show consists of a couple of dances (this month’s special dance “Momiji no Hashi” and the samurai standard “Kawanakajima”. Then we all get in a circle and learn a traditional dance, and finish with Konpira Funefune, a traditional geisha drinking game.

    November 13, 2023