More on Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, is home to 10 million people and in 2015 was rated Asia's most livable city. It is an interesting mix of old and new with modern skyscrapers built around ancient Hanok villages, Buddhist temples and shrines. My husband and I visited in November, and although Seoul was never... Continue Reading →

Seoul Lantern Festival

If you find yourself in Seoul, South Korea in early November, hurry down to Cheonggyecheon Stream for the Seoul Lantern Festival. If you visit in the evening you will be rewarded with a spectacular site of creative and beautiful lanterns placed within the stream that runs through this area. The Seoul Lantern Festival is now... Continue Reading →

Shrines and Temples in Tokyo and Seoul

Visiting temples, shrines and cathedrals can be an inspirational way to connect with the community when visiting a new place. I enjoy visiting cathedrals in Europe, and I love to find the smaller ones located in villages, rather than the huge, famous ones in the big cities. These are usually quiet and deserted, which makes... Continue Reading →

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

The Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Tokyo dates back to the early 1600s, at the beginning of the Edo Period. It is the oldest garden in Tokyo and a delight to experience. I first wrote about this garden earlier this year; you'll find that post here. It was July when my husband and I first visited,... Continue Reading →

The Wedding

As many of you know by now, my trip to Japan was prompted by a wedding invitation from a young woman, Saori, who was our exchange student about 10 years ago. She lived with my husband, daughter and I for three months, and it didn't take long for the four of us to become close... Continue Reading →

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

One of the things I love about Tokyo are the many gardens and temples where one can escape the intensity of the city and retreat into a quiet sanctuary. Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is one such place. This 144 acre park located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, dates back the the Edo Period. It... Continue Reading →

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