Photos by Nano Betts

A treat for the senses at Mt. Takao

Every time I think I have exhausted discovering the beauty of Japan, I find a new place or space that takes my breath away....
Photos by Takiguchi Takahiro

Touring Lake Towada and the Oirase Mountain Stream

With superb scenic views made up of pristine forest and crystal clear water, Lake Towada and the Oirase Mountain Stream are known...
Photos by Brad Stephens

Ushiku Daibutsu: The Largest Buddha statue in Japan

Located in the Ibaraki prefecture, in a town called Ushiku, there is a statue of a Buddha that has been recognized and recorded...
Photos by David Krigbaum

Exploring the naval history outside Sasebo’s gates

One of the things I like the most about living in Sasebo is that its naval history surrounds me and is accessible as well as on a...

If you're in Sasebo, you need to visit Hirado


The exotic look created by traditional Japanese homes shadowed by gothic-style cathedrals and a Dutch Trading Post with stone port...

Your guide to famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo


I strongly believe that visiting a local market is one of the best ways of soaking up the culture and getting better insight into...

Courtesy of Gayle Yoshikawa

Hiroshima: ‘City of Water’ praying for peace

With a population of nearly 1.2 million, Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region of Western Honshu. It is often...

THE HIDDEN FACES OF KYOTO: Mossy wonders at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

Arashiyama, in western Kyoto, is famous its beautiful scenery—notably the photogenic bamboo forest as well as a scattering of...

Exploring Korea: Top things to do on the ROK

Korea has been good to our family both times we’ve been stationed here. We have enjoyed the small town feel of Osan Air Base;...


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