Thriving during Golden Week

April 29 – May 7, 2017 Golden Week is a series of Japanese holidays that occur close together from the end of April through the beginning of May. Many people take off an additional day or two so they have an entire week of vacation. In our orientation to Japan, we were warned this holiday … Continue reading Thriving during Golden Week

99 Hours in Japan

MONDAY I'd been saving the Hakone Round Course tour (a day long circuit of scenic Hakone mountain utilizing rail, cable cars, ropeway, a boat, and buses) until we had visitors. When Breeann and Liam asked if they could visit us for a few days before Christmas, I knew I wanted to add this to the … Continue reading 99 Hours in Japan


Fuji Five Lakes, Japan We'd originally planned on spending Thanksgiving in the Fuji Five Lakes area. However, the weather forecast included rain and snow (which we even got at our house) so we canceled our trip. I was looking at the weather a week ago and realized the upcoming weekend could be absolutely fantastic. I … Continue reading Viewpoint

On the Ancient Path

Wakayama, Japan Fall Trip Part 2 FRIDAY Since we'd accomplished all our Kyoto goals, I'd hoped to get an early start for Wakayama prefecture on Friday morning. We were taking the train to Nara, picking up a rental car and then stopping to explore in Shirahama before arriving in Nachikatsuura. Mike had gone out the … Continue reading On the Ancient Path

Butterflies, Rainbows, Stars and a Heart Shaped Cave

Izu Peninsula Big Sur, California is thus far my favorite place on earth. There were moments when driving down the East Coast of the Izu Peninsula that I was reminded of the Central California coast. It was an absolutely lovely day and the beautiful views were getting me more and more excited about our Labor … Continue reading Butterflies, Rainbows, Stars and a Heart Shaped Cave

Milking Furano

Daisetsuzan Part 2 We woke up Saturday morning to rain. We were originally planning to stop and hike at Mount Asahidake on our way to Furano, but decided to postpone until Tuesday's return to the airport. We stopped briefly at the Otokoyama Sake Museum in Asahikawa. Unfortunately, the pourer didn’t speak English nor did a … Continue reading Milking Furano