I've been in Japan for over a year and a half now, but visiting Koya-San last summer really left an impression on me. From being surrounded by enormous, moss covered trees in Japan's largest cemetery, watching the lanterns along the path slowly flickering awake, to attending early morning Buddhist prayers with a burning ceremony that I … Continue reading Koya-san: Our Night at a Japanese Mountain Temple
First of all, let's preface this post by saying that I really really really love onsen culture in Japan! :D Onsen (温泉) is Japanese for hot spring, and they can be found all over Japan. If you see the ♨ symbol anywhere, it usually means you are in store for some naked chill time. ;) In a nutshell, … Continue reading Onsen Time in Gero
This past weekend I took a snowy 6 hour train/bus voyage from Mie, my home prefecture, into Gifu, which is a land-locked, mountainous prefecture north of me. The destination was the village of Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the uniquely steep and thatched roof structure of its traditional houses! About the Shirakawa Region Ogimachi is a village located in … Continue reading Shirakawa-go: Snow, Mountains, and an Old School Japanese Village!
I'm going to preface this by saying that there are tons of things to do in Taipei which you can find in guidebooks and everything, and when I was looking things up, I was a bit overwhelmed with prioritizing things. In retrospect, the places that stuck with me the most were places that my friends recommended … Continue reading My 4 Favorite Taipei Spots/Moments!
When I visited Taiwan in December, I spent two nights in Jiufen! Jiufen is a small mountain town east of Taipei, in northern Taiwan. I first learned about it from some ALTs in Japan who visited it, saying that it was the mountain town in Taiwan that the Japanese animated movie Spirited Away was based off of. When I googled Jiufen, … Continue reading Rainy Days in Jiufen (九份)
Whenever I plan any trip, food is always a big part of organizing it, and Taiwan was no exception. :) The two things that I was most excited for were bubble tea and night markets! I first tried bubble tea in college... and to be honest, I had some strong opinions and didn't like it at first. D: I disliked the feeling and … Continue reading Taiwan: Food!
Let's talk about Taiwan! About a month ago, at the beginning of December, I was able to take some time off during my schools' overlapping exam weeks. What I got was a wonderful, and sorely needed, 6 day trip to Taipei and Jiufen with my travel buddy Justin! :D Here is a rundown of the trip! About … Continue reading Taiwan in December: Trip Overview