Like many other European countries, Spain celebrates Christmas in fervor with elaborate belens (Nativity scene figurines), glittering lighting and massive Christmas markets. These markets feature rows upon rows of booths bursting with colorful candies, local produce, traditional sweets and gift items. Although these markets are scattered across Spanish cities and towns, […]

Christmas Markets in Spain

I was rummaging through some of my non-digital photos this morning and found this one of my daughter participating in the Japanese festival Setsubun, which traditionally chases away dark winter and welcomes spring (according to the lunar calendar.) It’s always held around February 3rd or 4th (I think it’s Feb […]

Out with demons, in with good luck at Japan’s Setsubun