Experience: Hiking the Kumano Kodo

If you followed me on facebook over the weekend, you'll know that I spent my weekend in Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka. The initial plan was to spend three days hiking the Kumano Kodo, one of the old pilgrimage routes on the Kii Peninsula and a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, the weather had... Continue Reading →

Experience: Hakone Circuit

My husband tells me that the weather is turning cooler in Japan and summer is finally relinquishing its grasp. Hallelujah! I can't wait to go home in a week and enjoy my favorite season. It's always nice to return to one's roots for a while but I am starting to crave some miso and sushi,... Continue Reading →

Experience: Sand Baths in Ibusuki

Alright, a show of hands. Who out there doesn't mind being buried alive? Now that I have your attention, let's talk about sand bathing. No, not sunbathing. And not bathing in an onsen, my preferred type of bathing here in Japan. Nope, sand bathing is pretty much what it sounds like - being covered from... Continue Reading →

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