5 Faves: Day Hikes

Somehow in the past few months, I've "recaught" the hiking bug. I used to be a pretty avid enjoyer of the outdoors. I spent my post-college weekends exploring the trails of the greater DC area with a local hiking club, and I tested out my rain gear on a few hiking vacations in Europe. (For... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Mid-range Hotels

I've been fortunate enough to be doing a fair amount of domestic traveling these past few months. When I travel with my family, we usually pick an accommodation that best suits our toddler - rental apartments, hotel suites, any place that might mean my husband and I don't have to spend an evening sequestered in... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Beaches

Summer is in full swing here and when the mercury rises, sometimes there's no better place to be than at the beach. Being an island nation, Japan has no shortage of sandy stretches, though some certainly outrank others. From Hokkaido's icier waters to the subtropics of Okinawa, here are some of the country's best beaches:... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Children’s Books (Part 2)

A year ago, in one of my first 5 Faves posts, I shared a list of Japan-related children's books. Recently, I've been asked for some additional suggestions, so I thought it warranted a second post. When I started looking into it, I realized there was a sizable amount of Japan-related literature out there. So if... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Specialized Travel Guides (Part 2)

Over a year ago, I wrote one of my first 5 Faves posts on my favorite specialized travel guides. (By specialized guides, I mean books that focus on one specific topic or area of expertise, whether that be the best traditional inns or detailed introductions to a specific neighborhood or prefecture.) Since that post, I've... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Kit Kat Flavors

I'm not a huge candy eater, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for Kit Kats. (For Mounds bars too, for that matter, but coconut is a practically nonexistent flavor here in Japan.) Kit Kats were always my favorite find in the Halloween candy bucket and the perfect "share-able" dessert since they... Continue Reading →

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