Japanese Cuisine

While in Japan, I had some of the best food I have ever eaten.  Japanese cuisine, by far, is my favorite type of food.  I have always loved soups and noodles and I prefer to eat chicken or pork rather than beef.  When in Japan, it is definitely not required to eat sea food all … More Japanese Cuisine

Saitama and Tokyo: Bonsai, a Museum, a Tower, and a Shrine

After our two days exploring in Kyoto it was time to head back towards Tokyo.  Jane lives in Saitama, so that became our home base for the next couple of days.  I liked getting to see Saitama because it did not have either the touristy focus of Kyoto nor the big city feel of Tokyo. … More Saitama and Tokyo: Bonsai, a Museum, a Tower, and a Shrine

Kyoto Day 2: A Tranquil Temple, Bamboo, and a Bridge

Eikando Zenrin-ji For my second full day in Japan, we decided to go off the beaten path and go to the Eikando Temple on the eastern edge of Kyoto.  I’m so glad we did!  It was awesome seeing Fushimi Inari the day before, but the tourism of the shrine detracted from feeling the spirituality of … More Kyoto Day 2: A Tranquil Temple, Bamboo, and a Bridge

Journey to the Mountaintop: Fushimi Inari Shrine

The Fushimi Inari Shrine was the first touristy thing we visited while I was in Japan.  It is completely free unless you want to buy food/ souvenirs.   Fushimi Inari is a Shinto shrine that was originally established in 711 A.D. and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto.  The shrine consists of … More Journey to the Mountaintop: Fushimi Inari Shrine

Journey to Japan: A Delay, Some Planes, and Two Trains

I’m 6 months late, but I finally have the time/ motivation to blog about my week long adventure in Japan! Japan has been on my bucket list since high school. Luckily, during my first year of my first grad program I met my friend, Jane, through swing dancing (of course).  She then moved to Japan … More Journey to Japan: A Delay, Some Planes, and Two Trains