Toyota City, Japan- Toyota World Headquarters

Our last morning in Kyoto, called for a breakfast at our favorite bakery, Shinshindo, of course. I absolutely loved this bakery. I got the same breakfast every morning, why mess with perfection? (Side note- if you order bacon in Japan…

Gion, Kyoto- Geisha district

Gion, Kyoto, is famously know as the geisha district. We spent two glorious evenings wandering around this area on the lookout for geisha. This is really one of the only area’s left in Japan to see working geisha, and even then,…

Magical Kyoto, Part Two

On our second morning in Kyoto, we found this awesome little bakery, right around the corner from our hotel, Boulangerie Shinshindo. Japanese bakeries really do rival their French counterparts, in my opinion. Eva’s breakfast was kind of an eclectic mix…

The ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto- pure magic!

Last week, we took our first road trip to the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, which served as Japan’s capital until 1868. This city has so much history, dating back thousands of years, and due to its historic significance, was…

Yosakoi Festival, Harajuku; 5,000 dancers= Awesome!

The Yosakoi Festival is a dance competition held every year in Harajuku, featuring over 5,000 dancers (about 100 teams) from all over Japan. 5,000 dancers? You know I’m there! Yosakoi dance originated in Kochi City, Japan, which still boasts the…

Hanano Miyako Koen- sunflowers, Mt. Fuji and a “swan lake”

We spent the day, with friends, at Hanano Miyako Koen, for the sunflower festival. And, we were finally able to get great pictures of Mt. Fuji as well! Maybe my curse with getting pictures of this mountain is finally over.…

Hiking Mt. Fuji, take two- The “view” from the top

According to Japanese legend, “a wise man hikes Mt. Fuji once, a fool hikes it twice.” I guess that puts us squarely in the camp of the latter! But needless to say, we felt we must give this another go. As a…

Some special overnight guests

We recently had the opportunity to host two Japanese students in our home overnight, as part of an English exchange program. We were supposed to show them around the air force base, our home and give them as much of…

The Ome River walk- so refreshing on a hot summer day

The weather in Japan is absolutely stifling in the summertime! Being from the western US, I don’t think I will never get used to the heat and humidity. In an effort to beat the heat, we headed to the Ome …


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