Sometimes in life, it will bring you to a place you've never dreamed of visiting. And somehow, some way it changed you. People outside Japan might view Fukushima in a devastated state, with ruins that cannot be mended (at least not effortlessly). I remember hearing a story during my first day in Fukushima about some … Continue reading Field Notes on My Fukushima Visit
It's been almost a month already since we transferred to this city in Northern Japan. When I first came in Sapporo summer of last year, I jokingly told my husband why in the world are we living in Tokyo and not in Sapporo? Don't get me wrong, I love Tokyo but there's something about Sapporo … Continue reading Sapporo: Our New Home
(Note: I wrote this on the plane and just publishing now) It's time for goodbyes again. It's only been a year but Tokyo has become a home and yet, today... we're leaving. A couple of months ago, we learned that my husband will be transferred to their Sapporo office. Many people prayed for us to … Continue reading Goodbye, Tokyo!
Continued from Autumn in Karuizawa (Part 1), Naka-Karuizawa (Part 2) We've seen many photographs of the Shiraito Falls in the internet so we were really excited to see it. Going there takes about 25 minutes by bus from Karuizawa Station. The breathtaking view going up to the mountains will really make one giddy. Shiraito falls … Continue reading Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa
Continued from Autumn in Karuizawa I find Naka-Karuizawa area lovely and quiet. It's a great place to wander to early in the morning since most tourists focus mainly in Kyu-Karuizawa area. We stayed in a cheap but clean Japanese inn in the area called Ikoisanso. From there, the main attractions in the area are accessible … Continue reading Naka-Karuizawa’s Autumn Colors
I think it’s now safe to say that autumn is my favorite season: cool temperature and sunny days, delicious food, seasonal fruits like Kaki and chestnut desserts and of course, the vibrant autumn colors. So during some off-days last week (1st week of November), we had a spur-of-the-moment decision to ride a bus going to … Continue reading Autumn in Karuizawa
"So do you do hanabi every year?", my husband asked our friends Hiroko and Fotoshi who brought us to the firework festival in Sagamihara. "No. We usually do hanabi every week throughout summer, going from one place to another," Hiroko replied. She continued to tell us how firework watching (or Ohanabi/ Hanabi) is the symbol … Continue reading The Symbol of Summer in Japan