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. 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 habitat 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…

Hattori Farm in Kanagawa

Just a short drive from Tokyo, we entered into what felt like another world with Hattori Farm. I’d been enticed by the rumor of pony rides, but when my friend and I arrived with our sons, we learned that they didn’t start until later in the season. Luckily, I hadn’t mentioned pony rides to my…

Tokyo’s Animal Cafes: Dogs!

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…

Fushimi Inari-taisha

A bucket-list trip to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without a trip to this iconic shrine, nestled in the foothills above the city.

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

On one of the first brilliantly sunny days in Tokyo, I took my son to the Ueno Zoo. In the midst of cherry blossom season, Ueno Park was full of families picnicking under the gorgeous pink trees, and we did our best to get a mom & son shot under an enormous cherry blossom tree….