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Tokyo’s beautiful foliage: A look at 5 Japanese gardens

I know what you are thinking right now, Christmas season is in full swing and here I am writing about fall. But the thing is, we have been well...

Lessons your children learn from traveling

To quote Gustave Flaubert, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Even children can become humble during...

Impressive shrine sits on godly island near Iwakuni

One of Japan’s three most scenic attractions, the must-see Miyajima Island is just 40-minute drive from MCAS Iwakuni.
 
The...
Photos by Sleiman Azizi

Soka Senbei Garden in Saitama

You would be forgiven for thinking that senbei rice crackers were the ninja of Japanese food. Hiding in plain sight in literally every kitchen,...
Photos by Nano Betts

Kyoto offers plenty of places for your fall-viewing pleasure

With shorter days and crisper air – plus all the seasonal produce like mushrooms, chestnut and sweet potato filling up the shelves – I feel sad...

A great place near Misawa to make soba

Next to Misawa Air Base, Tonami-an offers a class on making handmade soba noodles (teuchi-soba). I recently took the class, located in Tohoku-...

Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Guide

Thailand is home to the largest land animal alive today, and it happens to be the icon of Thailand. Can you guess what it is? Yes, elephants....
Photos courtesy of Suo-Oshima town

Explore Suo-Oshima, a beautiful island off Iwakuni

Suo-Oshima, aka Yashima Island, near MCAS Iwakuni, is a popular tourist attraction in the Setouchi (inland sea) region of Japan where you can...
Photos courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization

DMZ, a symbol of peace and culture

The Demilitarized Zone, more commonly referred to as the DMZ, was set up and agreed upon during the armistice agreement. Roughly 20 years later,...

Listen to the music! Great concerts set for Japan!

Editor's note: There are lots of great concerts coming up in the next several months. So get off the couch and check one out. (This was updated...

Tokyo to Misawa: Time for a Japan road trip!

Travelogue: Tokyo to Misawa via open road

An eight-hour road trip covering 400 miles from Tokyo to Misawa Air Base offers...

Photos by Simone Armer

Road Trippin' in Kyushu, Japan (Part I)

I would have never considered disappearing into the countryside for four days by myself. Growing up in a city where danger is perceived to be...

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