Manhole Monday: Omishima

Two years ago, my husband had a work event in Shikoku and as luck would have it, he could bring the family along. So we trekked off to Kochi, with a long winding sidetrip through Tokushima and Ehime on the way back to Kyushu. And while we took the ferry over, we decided to drive... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Osorezan

Back in the height of summer, right after our move to Tokyo, a took a road trip to Tohoku with my family and good friends from Nara Prefecture. While we hit all of the festival highlights (Neputa Matsuri, Kanto Matsuri) that Japan is famous for, we also detoured a bit up to the tip of... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Agano

Right before the New Year, my family and I took a trip to Niigata. Our time in a ryokan in the snowy mountains was wonderful, our time in Niigata City less so. I'm not blaming Niigata, mind you. It was merely because we'd arrived in a week when nearly everything closes for the holidays. While... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Shirahama

Winter is finally starting to set in here in Tokyo ... sort of. It's unseasonably warm this year, it seems, and snow is a laughable thought at this point in winter. That doesn't stop us from heading out to Niigata this week in search of a little white powder and onsen. Yes, hot spring hopping... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Towada

This past summer, part of my sojourn through Tohoku took me to Lake Towada. This large lake sits at the southern edge of Aomori prefecture and is a popular summer and autumn destination. It was where we arrived after our three-hour amble down the Oirase stream trail. When we finally got to the shores of... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Kami

It's hard to believe that in a few months, my daughter will turn 5 years old. That's around the age when kids in Japan start to give up their Anpanman obsession, much like American kindergarten kidsĀ abandon Sesame Street and hide their Elmo dolls in the closet. We thankfully haven't quite gotten over Anpanman yet (I'm... Continue Reading →

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