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…

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…

Day Trip to Akigawa Valley and Tomonaga Akimitsu Museum

During our visit to Japan, our friends treated us to a day trip to the Akigawa Valley. Located about one hour from Suidobashi Station, the valley can be reached by train or car. Cabins are available for rent for longer stays. This is a beautiful place to visit that offers many activities including hiking, hot…

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,…

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…

Seoul, South Korea, a Few Highlights

Seoul, a city we have all heard about and one that is in the news frequently, and one I never thought I would visit, but I am certainly glad I did! It is filled with modern technology, fashion, K-Pop and skyscrapers; but you will also find a traditional Hanok village, ancient palaces and temples, and…

Tokyo, Big City, Intensity and Bright Lights

Tokyo; it’s filled with such intensity, throngs of people, big, bright, flashing bill boards, video game arcades, neon lights, cars, busses, horns, bikers flying past you on the side walks, motorcycles, scooters; it is an endless sea of energy and excitement. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the biggest city in the world and is the…

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…

Why is Travel so Appealing?

What is so appealing about travel? I have been pondering this question for quite a while. As most of you know by now, I love to travel, and there are few places I don’t want to visit. I love history, art, architecture, and experiencing other cultures; that’s part of the reason I love to travel. But…