"What is sumo, but a dance between giants?" - Sayuri, Memoirs of a Geisha It is believe Sumo started as a test of strength. Men, who were often samurai, would come from each prefecture to fight at the court. More religiously, there are thoughts that sumo came from Shinto beliefs. A ritual dance was used … Continue reading Appreciating Sumo in Tokyo
Mt. Takao, the most convenient hiking spot in proximity to Tokyo (50 km away). It is an easy hike for beginners who want a short bit of exercise to spruce up their life. Mt. Takao, or Takaosan, is very popular for those reasons. On National Health and Sports Day, October 10th, Sachi and I took the trip out to Takaosan to … Continue reading Introspecting on Takaosan’s Hike -Tokyo
It seems every time you mention to a Japanese person you are going traveling to "X", they say, "Oh! 'X' has many great hot springs and the seafood is so delicious!" This time, only half of that was true! Well, I mean, of course the seafood was delicious, but since Kusatsu is located inland, between … Continue reading KUSATSU One of the Best Onsen towns in Japan!
Lake Toya is in proximity to Noboribetsu, "the valley of Hell", in the most northern island of Japan, Hokkaido. Lake Toya is a surprisingly nice little town to spend a night or two in. The main sight is the caldera lake, which has Nakajima Island in the middle, home to the Lake Forest Museum, reachable … Continue reading Japan’s Peaceful Onsen Village in Lake Toya, Hokkaido
How did you end up in Japan? I've loved Japan since I was a little girl. My father is an art and comic fan, so every year we would take a family vacation to San Diego to attend the International Comic Con. My father would buy and trade art there. One day, he heard of … Continue reading Land of the Rising Sun – How Did I End Up in Japan?
The next morning in Bali we had three things planned: a nice breakfast, a relaxing beach, and Uluwatu Temple with a Kacek dance. The Kacek dance was recommended by our local Indonesian host, and we’re glad we went! Breakfast: We went to Made's Warung based off good reviews I read online. They do dinner shows here … Continue reading Uluwatu Temple and Kacek Dance – Day 3 Bali
As vacations go, we woke up when nature naturally woke us. Our couchsurfing host was nice enough to entrust us with her house and key, so we were free to explore on our own schedule while she was at work. "Where should we go for breakfast, and what should we do today?" the golden words of vacation … Continue reading Bali’s Monkey Forest in Ubud – Day 2