Tag Archives: Suzuka

October 23

Eat. Pray. Race?

Amidst all the hubbub that springs forth when the F1 teams and fans roll into Suzuka every year for the Japanese Grand Prix, there’s a small and very fortuitously named Shinto shrine nearby that reckons it’s got the inside running on influencing the race result.   ‘Ema’ (絵馬) are small wooden prayer plaques sold at […]

August 24

Ancient giant

This 26m tall, 40m wide camphor laurel tree ( クスノキ – Cinnamomum camphora) lords over the rice fields in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. It is said to be over 1000 years old and given that there was an airbase close by in WWII, very lucky to still be standing.

November 11


Add crowds, a plethora of food stalls and pumping music to a riot of colourful costumes with a dash of city pride, and what do you get?  The two days of fun times that is the Tsu Matsuri (祭 – festival). Tsu might be a small and very quiet town, but, come the long weekend […]