What to do in Winter in Japan

Growing up in Florida’s endless summers, I’ll admit that my current all-encompassing love for the changing seasons was hard won. I moved from Florida to California, living blocks from the beach, and did not own a pair of closed-toed shoes until I made the unfortunately timed decision to move to Virginia at the tail end…

The Gorgeous Winter Wonderland of Nikko, Japan

Just after Thanksgiving, we decided to take advantage of the long weekend (thanks American holidays!) to drive up to a gorgeous city in Japan, Nikko. We’d heard it was beautiful and serene, and those both seemed like things we’d really appreciate with a new three-month-old in our household. So we packed both our kids up…

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…

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.

Tokyo Toy Museum

Just before my daughter was born, in the high August heat, we had a last day date in Tokyo, just my son and I.ย He had a modeling audition and once it was over, I had the genius idea to head across town to the Tokyo Toy Museum. It was inside, it was air-conditioned, and it….

Out & About in the Izu Peninsula

Our girls weekday trip to the Izu Peninsula was a pretty awesome respite from the hustle-and-bustle tourism we always get up to in Tokyo. We had gorgeous weather during our short road trip and we took full advantage, hitting up a local geopark that boasted a pretty cool cave and sand ski area. What’s that…

Fuji Safari Park

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with safaris. I love animals. I love nature. Seeing animals IN their natural habitatย is something of a perfect fit, and we even have a separate savings account dedicated toward going on an African safari, one small weekly deposit at a time. So when I learned there was an…

Fuji Peace Park

In early summer, we took a quick day trip to Fuji Peace Park, a couple hours away from our house. We’d seen some incredible views of Fuji-san from here on a friend’s Facebook photos, and my hardcore FOMO kicked in – I had to see it for myself. The views didn’t disappoint. From the moment…

Picking Fruit & Vegetables in Japan!

One of the most surprising things to me about living in Japan is how much seasonal foods & flowers impact daily life here. We’ve attended countless festivals celebrating the turn of the seasons, and one of my favorite apps is one called 72 Seasons, which outlines the changing of Japan’s seasons based on the ancient…

Traveling with Two Through Tokyo

Things are looking a bit different in our household lately, with the arrival of a daughter! A second child also meant that traveling around to Japanese adventures became much, much harder. My son is still young enough that walking around to activities all day still wears him out, and he often wants to be carried…