Ukai-Toriyama, a traditional Japanese meal

My dear friend Kayoko, invited us to Ukai-Toriyama for lunch a few weeks ago. The restaurant is located in a beautiful, mountainous area of Japan, not too far from our home. The grounds were exceptionally beautiful, of course. One of…

A very happy birthday in Shinjuku

To celebrate my birthday this year, we headed to the trendy and fashionable area of Shinjuku, for a short overnight trip. When we arrived at the hotel, there was a clown in the lobby making balloon animals for kids. Very…

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…

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…

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…


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