Hokusai and Chestnuts

Obuse, in Nagano prefecture, is known for Hokusai and chestnuts.

Katsushika Hokusai is a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Hokkusai started painting when he was six years old and produced up to 30,000 art works during his lifetime. He is known to have influenced Van Gogh and Monet and has a strong impact on the formulation of Art Nouveau in Europe.

Hokusai is best known for the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景), which includes the internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Great wave

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An Afternoon to Remember

Traveling – It leaves you speechless , then turns you into a storyteller.

-Ibn Battuta

Before exiting the snow monkey park, we made a brief stop along the running creek and found a big cluster of ice formation next to a steaming pool.

 A rainbow appeared…… Continue reading “An Afternoon to Remember”

The Road to Snow Monkey Park

To get to Jigokudani Monkey Park , you can take a bus either from Yudanake station, Nagano station or Shibu Onsen. The bus will drop you at Kanbayashi Onsen. From there it is a 30-40 minutes walk.

DSC_3985It’s a beautiful walk. But in the winter the path can get very slippery, so proper foot gear is advised. Continue reading “The Road to Snow Monkey Park”