A day of chance encounters

Today was actually an unintended adventure that blessed us with several chance encounters. I offered to escort a good friend, and her husband, into Tokyo for some medical tests to be done at St. Luke’s International Hospital. She was not…

Chinatown, Yokohama,Tokyo

Tokyo’s Chinatown, in the waterfront neighborhood of Yokohama, is said to be Asia’s largest. (I can’t help but think, as opposed to just being in China? But, maybe I am getting too literal!) Anyway, we had a wonderful afternoon and it…

A rainy day trip to the Tokyo Fire Museum

We ventured to the Tokyo Fire Museum with some friends, last week. It was a great rainy day activity and was full of exhibits about Tokyo’s firefighting history. This city has seen some fires!  The train is always a good time,…

Uobei- kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi

Kaiten  (conveyor belt) sushi restaurants are very popular in Japan, also very reasonably priced. There are many different chains, but our local friends introduced us to Uobei, and it has been a favorite ever since. All sushi sets (2 pieces…

Hiking Mt. Fuji in one word….misery!

Every year over 300,000 people of all ages attempt the trek to the top of Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) above sea level, it is also Japan’s highest peak. We have had reaching the summit of Fujisan on…

Tanabata at Daijingu Shrine

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on July 7th every year in Japan. Legend has it, that two stars were lovers and separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet up once a year on the seventh day of…

Karaoke- Japanese style!

Karaoke originated in Japan, and the word literally means “empty orchestra”. It is said that the activity began in a small bar in Kobe, Japan when the band had to cancel due to bad weather. The owner then put music…

A soggy but fun 4th of July, in Japan

After an incredibly beautiful spring, the rainy season is upon us! This was probably one of the most gloomy 4th of July’s I can remember, it was drizzly all day, (the 4th I spent in Portland, OR was worse, I can…

An anniversary getaway at the Conrad, Tokyo

Matt and I celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary on June first this year, and with my mom in town, we were able to getaway overnight, kid-free! We have had some Hilton points that we were able to cash in for…


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