Another great Japanese park

We decided to stay closer to home today and check out a Japanese park we refer to as the “obstacle course park”, and also a shrine that we had passed a few times. The shrine and torii gates are the…

Nozawa Onsen- skiing the Japanese Alps

We booked a ski trip this week, through the outdoor recreation program on base, to the town of Nozawa Onsen in Nagano prefecture. This town is in the Japanese Alps region of Japan, and also where some of the 1998 Winter…

Nagano…snow monkeys and Matsumoto castle!

Today we joined our good friends, the Kever’s, for a trip to Nagano (host of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games) to see the famed snow monkeys and also Matsumoto Castle. We rented a van from the base, complete with TWO…

New Year’s Part Two: Asakusa…an awesome neighborhood!

On day 2 of our Tokyo-in-the-New-Year weekend, we went to this awesome area called Asakusa. I LOVED this neighborhood! The great Senso-ji temple was the first stop, which is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan. The Japanese people try to get to…

Happy New Year from Tokyo!

Whew, what a crazy, but fun, weekend! The New Year’s holiday is the most celebrated in Japan. Most people are off work for the entire week, and many shops and restaurants are also closed for several days. We spent January…

A word about Japanese toilets…….

 I didn’t know about the world of fancy toilets until moving to Japan. Almost everywhere you go has a heated toilet seat (ahhhhh), bidet, music (to mask any embarrassing sounds), and many other functions! (On our first weekend here, Eva…

A Japanese farm and Sushi-Chu

We had the opportunity to visit a Japanese farm today with the other pharmacists from the hospital. This area of land was sectioned off and different families owned plots.  I really had no idea how many different vegetables are unique to Japan.…

Singapore Zoo- the world’s BEST rainforest zoo!

While researching our trip, the Singapore Zoo kept coming up as a top attraction. Not being much of a zoo person, I told Matt that I would only go if it was the world’s best zoo. Well, when I googled…

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Our second day in Singapore was spent at Sentosa Island. You can actually walk to this island across a big bridge, or take the train- it is very close. The girls were wanting to see the beach and play in…


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