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…

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…

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…

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,…


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