Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The festival of Izusan Shrine

The festival of Izusan Shrine in Atami was held on April 15th and 16th.

Izusan Shrine
Izusan Shrine is famous because MINAMOTO no Yoritomo, who had been exiled from Kyoto by the TAIRA clan to Hirugakojima in Izu, prayed at the shrine for victory over the TAIRA and for the revival of the GENJI clan. It was also here that Shogun Yoritomo and Masako HOJO met to be united in marriage. The shrine has been long known for its patron god of great fortune and marriage.

Izusan Local Materials Center
This center exhibits various precious artifacts and craftworks owned by Izusan Shrine, including “Masako no Tohatsu Mandara” (a mandala made from Masako’s hair) and other important national cultural assets.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bamboo Shoot Harvesting


    Bamboo Shoot Harvesting

Spring has finally arrived and April is the best time to experience the pleasure of harvesting your own fresh bamboo shoots, especially in the Atami area.

Although, a little technique is required to dig up the shoots as they are deep rooted, it is well worth the effort as they are delicious and can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen.
So why not join us for a day of fun together on Sunday April 24th at the Bamboo Garden in Izu Taga, South Atami?
   Date   :     Thursday, April 12th, 2018 9:00 a.m.
   Meeting Time:  To be discussed separately
   Place       The Bamboo Garden, Izu Taga
   Fee   :      ¥1,000
              Application:  TEL 090-5006-6019           Mail:
ATAMI GUIDE CLUB, Volunteer group of guides

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Gorgeous Underwater World

                    Can you imagine where this is? Okinawa?

              This gorgeous underwater corals are seen in Atami 
              where is located only 50 min. away form Tokyo by 
              Shinkansen (bullet train).

              Why dont you come to see this?


Thank you Oleg Dyanchkin to share these amazing pictures:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ajiro-Taiko, Japanese Drums

Dates of Training in Nov.2017

5th Sunday,
11th Saturday
26th Sunday

Time:  17:30~20:30
Place: Mrine Hall in South Atami
Fee:   Free

Also they will give trial lesson on 3rd Nov.
in the garden of Marine Hall in the early
afternoon subject to rain-out.  This is one of
the various programs of South Atami Cultural

Please refer to the following sites about
the Activities of the team "Ajiro-Taiko":-

Monday, October 23, 2017

Studio IIro

You can make your own handblown glass in 20 to 30 minutes at Studio Iiro in Atami. The cost is \3,500. You need to make a reservation beforehand. For further information, please send an email to or call 0557-88-1160 (the owner,Mr. Oohigashi speaks English.)
It takes one night for the glass to cool down, so you will need to go to the studio again to pick up your glass the next day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Shiba inu JOLLY

Jolly's house is outside. Sometimes he hears laughter coming from inside room when my daughters and grandchildren are talking happily. And he eagerly insists he should come up to my house as if to let him join us, making a scratching sound with his nails on the kitchen door.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A white night in Helsinki Finland 2017

The top photo is a white night I witnessed with my own eyes. Can you imagine the time? It was past 11 at night. I had a nice time with Russian beautiful women at sky lounge in Clarion Hotel Helsinki Finland on June 13th.