Nippara Limestone Cave

Our first trip to Japan was in July, 2016. I wouldn’t suggest going to Japan in the summer, it is oppressively hot and humid which made it difficult to spend much time outside. We got a break from the intensity of the heat when our friends who live in Tokyo took us to see the…

Silver and Gold

Kyoto, Japan is an amazing and historical place to visit. I have been there only once; in July when the weather was absolutely sweltering; not the best time of year to visit. There are many sites to see in Kyoto, but the highlight for me was Ginkakuji also known as the Silver Temple. This temple…

A Holiday Weekend

I have a busy weekend planned with friends and family which includes a birthday celebration for my daughter; so I’m posting some random photos of past adventures. Sailboat on the Willamette River, OR. Brix Restaurant, Napa Valley, CA. In the Cotswolds, UK. Pretty swan in Brugge, Belgium. Horse back riding near Wallowa Lake OR. Flowers…

Macro Photography

I learned a few things this past weekend about macro photography from my niece, Terri, who is a professional, and an absolutely amazing photographer. Check out her site here. Once the weather improves, I hope to get outside and practice some of the tips she shared with me. In the meantime, I’ll share a few…

Reflections

I am taking the day off from blogging so theTravelersketcher and I can celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. So I am posting just a few photos of reflections. Let me know what you think of these, I greatly appreciate your feedback. A bridge in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, in Hobart Australia is shown above….

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…