Shopping + Gambling = Fukubukuro

New Year’s Day is the most important Japanese holiday, where many “firsts” are celebrated. Some of these special firsts include; first prayer, first sunrise, and first …SALE! The Japanese phenomenon known as fukubukuro, (or “lucky/happy bag”), entails heading to a store…

Random pictures from an amazing family visit!

My sister, brother and niece recently visited Japan for the first time, and we thoroughly loved showing them around this amazing country we call home. Since I have already blogged about most of these places, I thought I would just include…

A morning at a sumo stable- fascinating!

 When I asked my visiting family members what they wanted to do while in Tokyo, my brother mentioned attending a sumo tournament. Unfortunately, tournaments are only held a few times per year and they missed it by just weeks! However,…

Kidzania, Tokyo- WOW!!

Kidzania, Tokyo- amazing in every way! We had been wanting to try this place for quite a while and with cousin Victoria visiting from the States, it was the perfect time! The premise was allowing the kids to try different “jobs”,…

A lovely hike to Hinohara Waterfall

We headed out on this spectacular fall day to hike to the beautiful Hinohara waterfall. It was so nice to be out of the city, and we really enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. Almost every Japanese hiking trail will have a…

Miraikan- an exhibit about poop- yes, POOP!

Have you ever wanted to slide into a giant toilet? Or be serenaded by a toilet choir? Then this exhibit is for you! We spent the day, a few weeks ago, at Miraikan, an awesome and very hands on children’s…

Friendship Festival 2014, Yokota Air Base

We experienced our first Yokota Friendship Festival, earlier this month, and it was an amazing event! Every year the base opens the gates to our Japanese friends for a weekend, so they can experience the base and see the airplanes. Being…

Ryogoku, the famous sumo district, and Edo-Tokyo Museum

There is no mistaking where you are when met with this picture at the train station. Ryogoku, Tokyo’s sumo district! There are many sumo stables (training centers) and the famed Kokugikan, sumo arena in the area. There were also hand prints…

Inuyama Castle, Japan’s oldest surviving castle

We spent our last day of vacation in the sleepy town of Inuyama, to visit Japan’s oldest surviving castle. Inuyama castle was built in 1537 by Shogun Nobuyasu, and actually served as a military headquarters, rather than a home. The…


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