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!)
Ok, so I originally titled my previous post my November and December post, but I COMPLETELY forgot to post anything about December in there, so I edited that title to reflect that I ONLY talked about November in it. Oops! I was just so excited to post my Taiko pictures! :) Ok, so now for … Continue reading Overview: December (K-Pop, bike crash, and Christmas camp)
Now for November! November bought about mild, but chilly weather. My apartment is pretty small, but I found it getting hard to heat it! Some mornings, I would wake up and see my own breath, which made getting out of bed so difficult... :'( Putting on clothes was even more difficult, and there were a … Continue reading Overview: November (Taiko drumming!)