Quirky observations from the Tokyo Disney parks

The Tokyo Disney parks are both familiar and quirky, all at the same time. Disney in Japan is serious business! On our most recent visit to both Disneyland and Disney Sea, I wanted to record some of these differences, so we…

A sobering day at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Next stop on our Japanese road trip, Hiroshima. Sadly, this is a city that needs no introduction. As I looked out the hotel window, it was hard to imagine that 70 years ago, this August, this beautiful city was nothing…

Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

Our first day in Hiroshima was spent at Itsukushima Island, known as Miyajima, (or “shrine island), to the locals. It is about 30 minutes outside of downtown Hiroshima and you get there by ferry. We made a quick stop for…

Japanese road trip! Osaka and a castle

The first stop on a recent Japanese road trip was the city of Osaka, which is Japan’s second largest city. And with a population of 19 million, probably one of the worlds largest cities, too! Originally a merchant city, Osaka…

My big, fat, cherry blossom blog!

 Cherry blossom, or sakura, season in Japan is greatly celebrated, and unrivaled anywhere in the world. The importance of the cherry blossom, in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years, and signifies the beauty and impermanence of life. It is also…

A lovely hike up Mount Takao

A few weeks ago, we spent a lovely Saturday hiking to the top of Mount Takao. There was even a chair lift to take you half way up the mountain. This was certainly no Mt. Fuji… thankfully! The girls felt…

The Moomin Village

Anyone heard of the Moomin comic strip? I hadn’t either, but apparently it is a popular Finnish comic strip/book series that follows the adventures of the Moomin family (who have an hippopotamus-like appearance), in Moominvalley. So, leave it to the Japanese,…

We found the million dollar bathroom!

  By now you all know of my love for Japanese bathrooms, so when I heard that the Meguro Gajoen Hotel had a million dollar bathroom, I HAD to check it out!  Here is the beautiful entrance, so far so…

Daruma Doll Festival- Haijimadaishi Temple

A visit to a shrine, within the first few days of the new year, is a very important aspect of Japanese culture, known as hatsumode. There are various celebrations held at these shrines, but we chose to attend the Daruma…


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