Photos from #Japan : #Kategawa Castle and Shrine

My first full day in Japan, I visited a university friend who’s been teaching English since 2002. He lives in Shizuoka Prefecture, and we met up in Kategawa, 90 minutes south of Tokyo by train. This is what Japan’s “countryside” looks like, and this area grows mostly buckwheat. However, industry is never far away –Continue reading “Photos from #Japan : #Kategawa Castle and Shrine”

Photos from China: Guangzhou, part 2 – Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Among the stories history students have heard about China is how anyone wanting to work for the Emperor’s government had to take killer exams. This is one of the places where that happened. In the late 19th century all the families with the surname Chen in the Liwan district, around Guangzhou, gave money to buildContinue reading “Photos from China: Guangzhou, part 2 – Chen Clan Ancestral Hall”