The summer heat that swept Tokyo in the past days made me remember our winter escapade in Gifu prefecture. This is an area that slowly getting attention from foreign tourists, and the best time to visit is "as soon as possible" before it becomes overcrowded. From Tokyo to Toyama We did this travel early in … Continue reading Winter Memories: Toyama, Shirakawa-Go and Takayama Towns
Why is Japanese bathroom special?
(Continuation of Kansai Story) If Nara captivated me, Kyoto surprised me. It didn't occur to me 'til I got there that Kyoto is already a bustling city... and a place full of tourists (it wasn't even a high season that time!) We arrived early in the afternoon of Day 3 and ate some delicious Tonkatsu near … Continue reading A Glimpse of the Former Imperial Capital: Kyoto, Japan
Three well-known towns in Kansai in just four days. I came early for the Cherry Blossoms in the Kansai region late March. My first spring in this country and I was in Kansai, checking the Sakura flowers while Tokyo's Sakura is already in full bloom. What an irony! I didn't come because I planned it- … Continue reading First Time in Kansai
When you live in a different country, you face a lot of changes and unfamiliar things. In the middle of the struggling, surviving and yes, enjoying... you find yourself looking for something familiar: maybe another Filipino speaking Tagalog (nowadays, hearing someone speaks Tagalog in the streets of Tokyo makes me smile), a corny Filipino drama, … Continue reading Taste of Home
After the cherry blossom season come many wonderful flower festivals in Japan. One of them is the Shibazakura in Chichibu, Saitama. Shibazakura is also called "pink moss" and looking from the pictures below, you'll see why. The Hitsujiyama Park's Shibazakura has 9 different colors/varieties during its blooming season in late April … Continue reading Shibazakura in Chichibu, Saitama
The other day, I finally had the guts to call a nearby salon for an appointment. My scalp was suffering terribly and was dry and itchy- I just couldn't take it anymore. So with my heart pounding (literally!), I called for a reservation at Neolive Salon. Eigo de daijoubu desu ka? (Is English ok?)- I asked … Continue reading First Visit to a Hair Salon in Japan