Mario Kart in Tokyo!

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…

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…

Nijo Castle in Kyoto

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…

Finding Geisha in Gion

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…

Exploring Kyoto

  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…

Yokohama Museum of Art. With a Toddler!

There are some days when traveling with our two-year-old is fun and easy. He’s in a wonderful mood, we catch all the right trains, the activities are awesome, and we have a completely magical time.  Then there are days that are a tad bit harder. To be perfectly honest, most of those days tend to be…

Tsukiji Fish Market & Ginza

Bright and early on a rainy Saturday, our son booked into a once-a-month Saturday daycare that we always take advantage of, my better half & I took off for Tokyo to visit one of his Japan bucket list items, the Tsukiji Fish Market – the largest in the world. The market has existed in this location…

Chinese New Year in Chinatown

After several failed attempts, I finally made it out to some of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown! Beginning in early February, Chinatown in Yokohama held multiple parades and performances, and we’d managed to miss every one for one reason or another… such as walking to the wrong park. (Seriously. There’s a Yamashita Park,…

Yakiniku in Shinjuku

Before we hit up Robot Restaurant, our Valentine’s Day quadruple-date gang headed through Shinjuku in search of dinner. We’d heard the food at Robot Restaurant was nothing to write home about, so instead, we settled down the street at one of the many Yakiniku restaurants lining the road. Yakiniku essentially means grilled meat, and mainly…