Friday Photo: August 2017

I've long been neglecting the blog and for those of you who may still be reading, I deeply apologize. Part of the summer was spent back in Japan, visiting friends in each of the locations we called home over our eight years. Loose plans are in the works to hopefully be able to return to... Continue Reading →

Festival Focus: Kanto Matsuri

We're in June now, and that means summer is around the corner. We have a bit of a reprieve at the moment with the advent of rainy season this week (the humidity is luckily taking a backseat at the moment), but come July, the heat will be on ... and pretty unbearable, in my opinion!... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Tenugui

It's July 1st and I've got to say, the heat is STILL not here. I'm a bit surprised¬†that rainy season has lasted so long this year, with no break yet in sight. (It's currently pouring.) Not that I am complaining, mind you. I am not a fan of the stifling summer temperatures. Summertime means sweat,... Continue Reading →

Experience: Lavender in Hokkaido

Not too long after my university years, I lived in France for awhile. While I loved my home in the Dijon region in central-eastern France, I always harbored a not-so-secret desire to head south to Provence to see the famous lavender. I never did make it but - lucky me - I moved to Japan... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Rainy Season

Ah, and here we are. My iPhone weather app earlier this week showed me a solid six days of showers and thunderstorms. So far, it's been about half right - we've gotten away with some rather lovely days but the threat of rain is always there. And thus, we come to¬†tsuyu. Tsuyu is the rainy... Continue Reading →

Trip Tips: Summer Essentials

If you saw my Uncover Japan facebook post the other day, you'll know that Japan has ended its rainy season a full two weeks early this year and summer is in full swing. I can certainly attest to that, as I experienced 90 degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures this past weekend on my trip to Okayama Prefecture.... Continue Reading →

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