Shinagawa Aqua Park

Oh, the Shinagawa Aqua Park was absolutely one of our most fun days in Tokyo. My daughter was still brand-new and the day dawned rainy, so I definitely wasn’t in the mood to ‘go out,’ let alone on an adventure nearly an hour away from our house. But my handsome son had a modeling audition,…

Visiting Busan, South Korea

This beautiful seaside Korean city was the perfect getaway from Japan!

CupNoodle Museum

One of the most beloved foods in all of Japan is the simple cup of noodles. It’s something I was familiar with before our move, so I’d put off a trip to the museum in Yokohama, saving it for a rainy day. That was a mistake. This museum is AWESOME. I went with a friend,…

The Magical Deer of Nara, Japan

If the idea of deer as deities, roaming throughout a Japanese city and welcomed wherever they go doesn’t fully convince you of the awesomeness of Japan, I don’t know what will. We took an amazing day trip out from Osaka to visit the magical city of Nara, and love on some of these deer. Our…

Kobe Beef in Kobe & Takoyaki in Osaka

I’m a pescatarian, and when we first had children it was important to me that they be raised vegetarian and they could choose for themselves whether to have meat or not, once they understood what it was. My Better Half, however, is emphatically not a vegetarian. Whenever I’m out of town, he’ll go on ‘meat…

Sake Brewing in Osaka

Since I was pregnant most of our first year in Japan, once our second year began (I mean, obviously once our daughter was born) I was most excited about learning to love sake! To get ready for that momentous occasion, we stopped into a sake museum/brewery in the Osaka area and learned how it was…

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is one of Japan’s most beloved. The ‘White Heron’ castle is one of the few surviving originals in the entire country.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle brings Japan’s samurai history to life.