We didn’t know what to expect. Navigating our way through the Akasaka district of Tokyo, we nearly missed the entrance, as it was nothing more than a small black door against a large black façade. Our only clue was the elegantly dressed man standing out front, clipboard in hand. Nervously I approached and attempted my best Japanese greeting: “Konbanwa.” Good evening. Maybe it was my … Continue reading I am Ninja…Eat my Food?
Alex and I are overjoyed that just a few months after moving to Japan we already have a line of guests coming to stay. But with these visits, come responsibilities. Sure, we need to clean the house and change the bed linens. But beyond that, we have an obligation to make sure that our friends and family see as much as they can during their … Continue reading The Tokyo Layover: 48 Hours to See it All
“Do without until we win” – the Japanese motto of World War II. But the Admiral felt the Okinawans paid too heavy a price. “Everything,” he wrote, “is burnt to the ground.” The military abandoned the people of Okinawa and now “they will surely be killed.” For this failure, he took his own life. Continue reading How the Okinawan People Fought the War
Travel is hard, even if all goes as planned. But when it really hits the fan, an optimistic traveling buddy, a solid playlist, an engrossing novel, and a heavy dose of caffeine in whatever form you can find make all the difference. Continue reading Caffeine Connoisseur
I was as surprised as anyone when I jumped on a flight for Singapore with only a few days’ notice. No plans, no tours, no schedules. Just great friends and a love of travel! Continue reading Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Well, we finally made it to Kyoto. I’ve been waiting since the day we arrived in Japan to experience this magnificent city. The capital for almost a thousand years, Kyoto is brimming with Shinto shrines, obsessively manicured gardens, and traditional teahouses… not to mention the elusive geisha. Spared the bombings of World War II, Kyoto boasts prewar architecture, which makes it both culturally significant and … Continue reading Kyoto: Keeping History Alive
I am the luckiest girl in the world. I have amazing parents who encouraged and supported my journeys across the globe, and I’m married to a like-minded man, similarly bitten by the travel bug. While we’ve already been so many places, our bucket list is still a mile long and growing. When you travel as much as we do, however, things can begin to run … Continue reading The Souvenir Shelf: From Tacky to Classy
Train travel is an essential way of life in Japan. Alex and I both begin and end our days at the Higashi-Zushi train station, joining the millions of Japanese residents who rely upon public transport. In fact, I am writing this piece while taking the Yokosuka Rapid Line bound for Shibuya bright and early this weekday morning. We do have a car. Like most Americans, … Continue reading Ticket to Ride!
I find my new life in Japan bursting with surprises. And I don’t just mean the culture, customs, and cuisine. It’s the unexpected moments and new occupations… Continue reading Ichi, ni, san…action!
Moving is a hassle. Moving across the world is a gamble. You might receive your beloved items, they might be returned in pieces, or they might vanish, never to be seen again. Anyone in the military can regale you with horror stories of lost belongings, damaged furniture, and ruined heirlooms. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect. However, when friends of mine talk about the … Continue reading A Moving Experience