Japanese farmland in Nagano

Papa and Mama, as I call my Japanese stepparents, own a piece of land not too far from the city of Nagano. While a large part of the land consists of a rice paddy and is taken care of by local farmers, a small corner is reserved for their own private family garden.

When I visit them, they often take me to the garden so I can help a bit by watering the garden and picking the veggies that are ripe and ready to eat. In the evening, the sun setting over the mountains illuminates beautifully the valley where Nagano is located.

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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can’t express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration!

For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. “Gaijin” means foreigner and “San” is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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