Welcome to The Soul of Japan: Lover of fine Japanese cuisine, delicious Japanese sake, venerated shrines, solemn temples,breathtaking onsen and gorgeous Jukujo. The site is a compendium of travels and experiences through-out Japan.
Short piece on ジョウゼンsummer sake for 2011. One of the charms of living in Japan is that there are so many seasonal specialties, like sake, and food stuffs all year round. Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi truly has ... Summer Sake
The PDF below is a brief essay on Bill Clinton and his latest diet craze, and how sometimes healthy dieting trends breed unhealthy lifestyles. The file below can be zoomed in and scrolled from the side bar.
Another PDF file on Matsumoto Castle in Nagano highlights the history of this region. The file below can be enlarged and scrolled for your viewing pleasure. This is a brief introduction to a fantastic castle.
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This is an essay on Japanese Taiko. I recently returned from a trip in Nagano and had a chance to listen to my first Taiko performance. Many of the performers were from Tohoku. I posted a short essay in PDF so you can zoom in and out, and scroll own.
This is a short piece on a sake pub I visited in Matsumoto city on July 31 2011. The sake pub is famous for having great local jizake, locally brewed sake, and delicious food. I chose from a long list of great pubs, and this one came highly recommended for all the right stuff below....
This is an essay on my recent trip to one of Japan's most venerated shrines in Nagano Prefecture. Home to the largest cedar avenue in the world and a sacred power spot that millions of Japanese flock to yearly. The file format is in PDF so you can scroll or adjust it whichever way you choose. Enjoy.