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Written by: William Habington

 July 13th, 2016

The past few weeks in Kamikochi have seen a mix of sun and rain, with the former providing clear skies and hot days and the latter providing sustenance for flora around the park.  We'd like to share some recent pictures with you, once again courtesy of our friends at the National Park Guide blog.



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Written by: William Habington

 June 20th, 2016

Hello to all of our loyal readers!  Today's blog entry marks the first installment in a new series about what to do with your time in Matsumoto: where to eat, where to drink, and where to find some of this vibrant city's best kept secrets.  Today, our topic is ramen, a dish which in recent years has captured the imaginations and enthralled the tastebuds of people around the world.  If you're travelling to different locations around the country, you will have opportunities to sample various kinds of ramen, including miso ramen in Sapporo and Fukuoka's famed Hakata style.  Matsumoto is also home to some notable places, but you'll have to know where to go to find the best ones.  Mr. Nishizawa Noriyoshi of Torimen Goshiki has graciously agreed to answer a few questions about his trade and also offer some valuable tips about where you can sample some of Matsumoto's best.