While Okinawa's food didn't particularly blow me away, I had an nice time trying some of it's dishes. :) My Top 4 1. Mozuku Tempura I guess this is kind of cheating because I love tempura, but this stuff was really good! Mozuku is a a seaweed exclusive to Okinawa. In it's non-tempura form, it's kind of thick, … Continue reading Okinawan Food: 4 Favorites, and Extra Goodies!
Alright! Next up, the southern-most prefecture in Japan, Okinawa! In March, I took a week off in between school years (new school year begins in April) and headed to the warm (not hot) Okinawa islands. :) So let's get to it! About Okinawa Okinawa is a series of islands south of Japan's main islands, and to … Continue reading Okinawa: Trip Overview
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!
Hello all! At the end of February, I visited Kyoto and Iga with my friend Megan, who was visiting from New York! :) I've known Megan for a long time, and was excited to hear that she was in Japan looking for some jobs and sightseeing! I was EVEN MORE excited to hear that she … Continue reading Kyoto’s Plum Blossoms and Iga’s Ninjas
Ok! So now, for a whirlwind overview of January and February... Winter was much tougher than I expected, and although I won't go into detail, I am still dealing some strong bouts of homesickness, particularly when it comes to difficulty caused by the language barrier. I am hoping that with the arrival of spring, some … Continue reading Overview: January & February (More USJ!)