To the overzealous, Ryoanji Temple can be underwhelming by its main attraction, the zen-inducing rock garden. Over the years, however, I've found that this temple has touched me in an unexpected way by its serenity. The land used to serve as a villa for aristocrats from the Heian Period. The temple was built in 1450 by the … Continue reading A Kyoto Perspective – Ryoanji Temple, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace (Daiunzan Ryoanji)
Another excellent place to take a day trip from Tokyo is Hakone (箱根). It's only an hour and a half or so from Tokyo and feels more traditional Japanese than the metropolitan Tokyo. Hakone is famous for Onsens, Lake Ashi, and black eggs from Sulfur. As a goodbye trip, we took a very late train … Continue reading A Short Day Trip to Hakone
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
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 Japanese are crazy about Cherry Blossoms,” I heard it hundreds of times, it seemed like. “OK, so they’re really pretty. Yeah, pink flowers, I get it…” but I didn’t get it. My English student who worked in California once told me, “California was good, but for me..I didn’t really like it… The years went … Continue reading A time not to miss in Japan ~ The beauty of Sakura
Kyoto. Kyoto, meaning “capital city” Kyoto used to be Japan’s capital when the Emperors used to live there from 794 to 1868. During the wars, Kyoto had been rather damaged, but was thankfully spared from the list of atomic bombing cities due to its historic value! When most people think of Japan, temples, shrines, ‘zen’, … Continue reading Snapping Geisha in Gion, Kyoto
I decided to write about my experience in certain parts of Japan. Hopefully they will inspire you to come explore Japan, or give you an idea of what you can do in certain districts. First is one day in Asakusa, the ancient district in Tokyo, where tradition can be found. Whenever I’m tried of the hustle … Continue reading A day in old Tokyo (Asakusa)