Happy Year of the Tiger

Storage houses at Tōshōgū in Nikkō on January 1, 2022. Photo by H. McGaughey.

Kashiwa, Chiba Over a year ago, my partner and I both got fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). It took a long time to get to Japan, and we were able to take advantage of our privilege as researchers at universities. Students, professionals, and their families have had a far harder time of it and many have not been able to come at all, keeping couples and families apart for months even years now. May this year be good to us all!

This year, I finally made it Nikkō Shrine and the opportunity was our New Year break. We rented a small home near the shrine called Tōshōgū, where Tokugawa Ieyasu is entombed.

The five tiered pagoda at Tōshōgū. Photo by H. McGaughey.
The three wise monkeys at Tōshōgū. Photo by H. McGaughey.
The sleeping cat symbolizing peace in the realm. Photo by H. McGaughey.
Tokugawa Ieyasu’s tomb located up the mountain deep within the shrine complex. Photo by H. McGaughey.

We also got to see beautiful mountain scenery, including lots of snow to play in and a few frozen waterfalls.

The short, easy hike to Urami falls. Photo by D. Slane.
Urami falls was worth every step of the hike in. Photo by D. Slane.