I didn’t realize I was such a flower lover until I came to Japan! If there is one thing I’ve learned about spring time here, it's that there are always beautiful flowers in bloom. Bright pink plum flowers As one variety starts to wither and fade, another is just beginning to show its beauty. Maybe... Continue Reading →
Following an afternoon of exploring the Beppu Hells, I decided to end the day with an herbal steam bath (mushiyu). I made my way to an ancient traditional sauna that had been in use for over 700 years! Here at Kannawa Steam Bath, I was able to relax atop a bed of fresh sekisho herbs and let the aromatic heat wash the day away. The entire experience was highly relaxing and different than any other I had done before. This kind of herbal steam bath is a must try for anyone visiting Beppu!
*Warning: reading this post might make you drool... If you didn't know already- I am a big sucker for fried foods. I can do without sweets and candies, it's fried dishes that are my personal indulgence. The hot, crispness that food attains after a quick battering and dip in hot oil never fails to awaken... Continue Reading →
In the spring, large fields of nanohana can be found blooming all over Japan. Eager to frolic amongst the beautiful colors, I planned a trip to see this special plant for myself.
A weekend visiting Yanagawa, "the Venice of Japan". Yanagawa is famous for its canals and punting tours, unagi dishes (like seriomushi), beautiful cherry blossoms, and the hina-matsuri (Girl's Day or Doll Festival)!