My Favorite Ikebana Arrangements in 2018 – January through June Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a dream of opening up my own flower shop. My love for nature’s beauty has always been with me, and it was always encouraged by my mother and grandmother, both of whom were masters in their own right when it came to flowers. I decided to showcase the first half of my 2018 ikebana arrangements by dividing the year up into two Continue Reading →
Japan has long been a destination for any traveler dreaming of an excursion in Asia, where teeming mega-cities are offset by ancient temples, and provincial spa towns meet neatly cultivated farm regions and rugged wilderness. A Honshu road trip in Japan is the perfect way to see Japan. Continue Reading →
Ten tips for travelers on a budget in Japan. Continue Reading →
Tokyo, Japan might be one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, but sightseeing won’t break your bank book if you spent your time taking advantage of Tokyo’s free attractions. Continue Reading →
The Japanese Peach Blossom Festival is a special day for young women in Japan. Otherwise known as Hina Matsuri or Japanese Girl’s Day, this special tradition is held each year on March 3. Continue Reading →
One of the pure joys of traveling is discovering the culinary delights that are at your fingertips. Japan, in particular, is a gastronomes paradise.
The challenge to eating in Japan lies not only in finding local food and ordering successfully, but following the rules of table etiquette so you don’t make any social blunders. Continue Reading →
The Japanese are experts at urban landscaping, and one of their most superb examples is Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-ji, formally known as Rokuon-ji or “Deer Garden Temple”. Continue Reading →
I snapped this photo as we were driving in downtown Osaka. I think it brings new meaning to “Bright Lights, Big City.”
Any country is A-OK in my books when their construction workers look like this. Japanese construction workers must be the best-dressed in the world!
Osaka is a colorful city with a little something for everyone. It also boasts one of the most charming places I’ve ever been to in all my travels. This was my choice for sightseeing in Osaka and we thoroughly enjoyed spending our afternoon strolling through this gorgeous park. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in traditional Japanese culture and architecture. The Osaka Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses showcases 12 original old farm houses and structures brought from Continue Reading →