Grave company at Zoshigaya Cemetery

Travel | BACKSTREET STORIES Oct 24, 2015

Grave company at Zoshigaya Cemetery

by Kit Nagamura

When persimmon leaves and the tips of maples take on color, and chilly air rattles windows, composer Yoshinao Nakada's haunting song "Chiisai Aki Mitsuketa" ("A Bit of Autumn Found") floats through my mind. Having just learned that the song's lyricist, talented poet Hachiro Sato ...

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

Travel Oct 18, 2014

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

by Davey Young

The moon wasn't out, but a low bank of clouds refracted the city lights and recast them around me as a dingy glow. Only chirping crickets and the occasional hum of a passing car in the distance broke the silence. After looking around to make ...