Spotlight: Ouchijuku (Fukushima)

Back in the Edo Period (1603-1868), the city of Edo (now called Tokyo) became the de facto capital of Japan. While Kyoto remained the cultural capital, the administration of the Tokugawa Shiogun operated out of Edo. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun, had already unified much of Japan; his descendants strengthened the ties between the various... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: April 2016

I feel like a broken record, but this has been a busy month. Cherry blossoms, a trip to Kumamoto, an earthquake in Kumamoto, a fresh batch of visitors, and now, Golden Week. April is always a month full of festivals and flowers, but this year, it has seemed exceptionally packed. Somehow, amidst the chaos, we... Continue Reading →

Travel Goals for 2016

Happy New Year, readers! Here we are in the first days of 2016 and I already have my planner out, scheduling in my travel aims. Last year, I posted that 2015 may be our final year in Japan. Blessedly, I was wrong. Moving to Tokyo for yet another year in Japan was like receiving a... Continue Reading →

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