Japan: Itineraries

I’d like to wrap up my Japan series by providing some itineraries based on my experience. There is so much to see and do, so please note that these are just suggestions. So many things can change your plans: getting on the wrong train (never happened to us in Tokyo, but happened a dismaying amount throughout Osaka and Kyoto),…

Kyoto Day Trip: Nara

Nature and Zen in Nara. We visit the largest bronze Buddha housed in one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, feed wild deer, enjoy a tranquil Japanese garden, and eat great street food!

Japan in the Time of Cherry Blossoms

It’s been over a month since I returned from the “Far East.” Yes, it has taken me that long to recover, return to normal life, and prepare to tell you my stories. The greatest challenge has been how to write about Japan. My previous trips have been fairly straightforward–since we usually visit a few countries at a time, I basically…

On Marriage and Choosing a Different Path

Warning: this is a long one. Worth the time, I think, but you be the judge. On April Fool’s Day, David and I were in Japan. And we played a wildly successful trick. We posted a photo of us on Facebook. We were in front of a torii gate at Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, David…

Tasty Thursdays: Curry in a Hurry

Japan is full of trains. The famous shinkansen (high-speed trains) fly through the country like bullets. 55 train lines crisscross into and above the city of Tokyo, and another 6 lines travel in the subterranean depths. It only makes sense–a city of 13 million people need various ways to get around. Can you imagine if they all drove? Unsurprisingly,…

Tasty Thursdays: Japanese set lunch

I’m posting on the run as we prepare for another day so this will be quick. I’m in the middle of my Japan trip… what have I not loved here?! Guys,  Japan is amazing. The people are kind and friendly, the sights are beautiful and strange, and the food… well. I haven’t had a bad…

Trip Alert: Japan!

Guys, I’m breaking one of my cardinal travel rules: avoid traveling somewhere during peak season, because everything is more expensive and crowded. I will be traveling to Japan in the spring. Yes, during that most amazing and popular season, when the sakura (cherry blossoms) are blooming.