Perrin Lindelauf

For Perrin Lindelauf's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hitching through Japanwith friends at every turn

May 24, 2009

Hitching through Japanwith friends at every turn

Second in a two-part series Tottori, Yonago, Matsue, Izumo: I had passed through four cities in a flash and hitchhiking seemed even easier than I had imagined — until Izumo in Shimane Prefecture. “Do you know a good place to get a ride around ...

May 17, 2009

Do's and don'ts when you hitch in the backside of Japan

Backpack: check. Thumbs: check. Sense of adventure: check. That’s about all you need to hitchhike in the wide-open countryside of Ura-Nihon (the Backside of Japan). The slightly derogatory term Ura-Nihon is used by Japan’s urbanites to describe the quiet prefectures of Tottori, Shimane and ...

Luck, trickery and treasure in Koka City

Mar 8, 2009

Luck, trickery and treasure in Koka City

What do underground treasure troves, ninja lairs and drunken raccoon dogs have in common? Shiga Prefecture’s Koka City, that’s what. Beneath the deceptive veneer of an unassuming rural setting lies a wealth of history: an ancient capital, crafts of deception, mythical tricksters and relics ...

Finding the fabled Snow Country

Jan 18, 2009

Finding the fabled Snow Country

“The special delights of the hot spring are for the unaccompanied gentleman,” states the introduction to Yasunari Kawabata’s “Snow Country,” instantly seizing the attention. The novel, cited when Kawabata (1899-1972) won Japan’s first Nobel Prize for Literature, is set in the small hot-springs resort ...

In Fukuoka, we're walking in a winter ramen land

Dec 5, 2008

In Fukuoka, we're walking in a winter ramen land

Winter whistles through the streets, slips its icy fingers down your coat, and you search for something, just about anything, to ward off the damp chill of a Japanese winter. Suddenly, you know with all certainty the one true cure — ramen. Japan’s version ...

Between Sword and Spear in the Japanese Alps

Aug 22, 2008

Between Sword and Spear in the Japanese Alps

I opened my eyes: clouds broke against the ridgeline, sending their tendrils skyward in the eastern updraft, high above the vertiginous vista that stretched away to distant, snow-touched mountains. I was taking a breather on a narrow ledge close to the pinnacle of Tsurugi-dake ...

Behind the sliding door

Jul 25, 2008

Behind the sliding door

Tourist hordes descend upon Kyoto’s geisha districts, and while some visitors catch a glimpse of a maiko (apprentice geisha) hurrying to an elite restaurant, very few will ever meet one for private entertainment. Even Kyoto residents will commiserate, repeating the phrase often heard in ...

The rapid way to escape stress

Jul 11, 2008

The rapid way to escape stress

Ahhhh! — that’s the sound an overheated urbanite makes after cooling off in midsummer at Japan’s finest whitewater rafting location, Tokushima Prefecture’s Yoshino River. Its two gorges, the Oboke and Koboke, draw day-tripping beginners as well as more experienced enthusiasts, with their long stretches ...