There's a tune that's playing in my head while I write this blog post (I won't share what it is but it's reflected in the title). I've shared something about Biei already (Into the Fields of Biei) and yet I feel that I needed to write more about this beautiful Japanese town in Central Hokkaido. Aoi Ike … Continue reading That Beie-autiful Town
Seeing a lavender farm is one of my silly teenage dreams. I'll wear a white dress and a hat and will harvest in a huge lavender field. I will run in the field, smell the lavenders and just soak in the sun. Years passed and the dream just faded. It no longer matters anymore. It … Continue reading Summer Lavender Dreams
The sun kissed the field// Then it turned golden yellow// Hand of the Creator (Haiku) Read on to find out why I fall in love with the hills of Biei.
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