Enjoying all the delicious treats we can find in Japan!… Read More Summer Treats in Japan!
Experiencing spring & summer through Japanese festivals!… Read More Spring & Summer Festivals in Japan!
If it’s ever been your dream to drive through the streets of Tokyo on a go-kart, dressed as a character from a video game, this post is for you! I’d seen this in the news well before we knew we’d ever move to Japan, and thought ‘how awesome.’ Little did I know that less than… Read More Mario Kart in Tokyo!
Enrolling our son in a traditional Japanese yochien!… Read More Learning Japanese at a Yochien!
Ever since our beloved Lola passed away last fall, my family has been missing a dog in our lives. We joke all the time that our son is really our second child; by the time Lola was his age, I’d rewritten dozens and dozens of songs to feature her prominently. Our son… doesn’t have any. He has… Read More Tokyo’s Animal Cafes: Dogs!
On our last morning in Kyoto, we stopped by Nijo Castle, a beautiful example of Edo period architecture from the 1600s. It’s so dramatically different from European castles from the same era, it was incredible to see the beauty and effort they’d put in to every last detail of the architecture. Inside the castle, we… Read More Nijo Castle in Kyoto
Kyoto was one of my favorite places in Japan, in part because it ended up being so unique. We’d gotten a tip to stay near the Gion district – the most famous geisha district in Japan – where travelers have visited since the Middle Ages. It felt like stepping back in time to see the… Read More Finding Geisha in Gion
A bucket-list trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without a trip to this iconic shrine, nestled in the foothills above the city.… Read More Fushimi Inari-taisha
Time & again, whenever I asked friends what their favorite thing they’ve done in Japan was, Kyoto came up. Famous as the birthplace of geisha, a former capital city, and left largely untouched during the American bombing runs of WWII all mean that Kyoto has spectacular history and architecture that is incredibly unique, even within… Read More Exploring Kyoto
Trains, bikes & automobiles in Japan!… Read More Getting Around in Japan