One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

Exhausted and emotionally drained, I boarded the ITT bus for Nikko at 4:15 am. Will and I were headed to a Samurai Parade and a boat ride in this scenic area north of Tokyo. Mike had returned from Nepal the night before and had planned to use the last day of his leave to rest. … Continue reading One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

If You Can’t Take the Heat

Today was one of those days that felt like we were on vacation even though we weren’t. It was very hot and humid so Will and I went to our current favorite beach, Isshiki Kaigan. We swam for hours and had lunch at Blue Moon Beach Hut before it closes tomorrow for the season. It … Continue reading If You Can’t Take the Heat

Japanniversary #2

The day before our Japanniversary, Will woke up crying. His eyelids were glued together with green goop and dried crud was stuck to his cheeks. It was our first bout with pinkeye. I also woke up to the news that Trump had pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement--another day being embarrassed as an American … Continue reading Japanniversary #2

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

Year of the Cock

Winter & Spring Festivals The New Year The first weekend in April, I attended the Kanamara Penis Festival in Kawasaki. However, I first thought it would be fun to catch up on some of the other festivities we've checked out this year. The New Year is perhaps the most anticipated holiday in Japan. Last year we … Continue reading Year of the Cock