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!)
So, it's been a while and I have yet to catch up on 2015 ahhhh! Quick overview of October! The first few days of October were my school's culture festival, Mt. Gozaisho again, and Souhei Matsuri, which I talked about in my Kimonos, (more) Mountains, and Fire Festivals post. On Saturday the 10th, we went down to … Continue reading Overview: October (Tsu Matsuri)