Low Tide Mar21

Low Tide

On our way back from Hiroshima, we took a detour to the island of Miyajima/Itsukushima.  The weather was perfect, the tide was low and the deer were out in force.  This Shinto shrine is built on the water and is home of one of the top three “Views of Japan.” Itsukushima Shrine...

The City of Water Mar20

The City of Water

I didn’t know much about Hiroshima outside of its role in the conclusion of WWII.  After our brief visit to the “City of Water,” I’m sure we’ll be back.  It’s a shame we only planned a day for this visit because it’s a beautiful city with gorgeous...

Spiritual Kyoto Mar19

Spiritual Kyoto

Kyoto has an amazing collection of temples and shrines.  We only managed to catch a few of them, but their diversity and beauty is really something to behold.  Here are a few photos from various attractions in Kyoto. Sanjusangen-do Temple Sanjusangen-do Temple Sanjusangen-do Temple Arashiyama...

Hanatouro Mar18

Hanatouro

Hanatouro is a lighting festival held twice a year in Kyoto.  We managed to catch the night-time celebration held in the Higashiyama area where nearly 2500 lanterns decorated a 5 km walking path.  The path led to the foothills of Higashiyama Mountain, making its way though various parks,...

Nagoya Mar17

Nagoya

Nagoya, the third largest city in Japan, doesn’t get a lot of press as a tourist destination.  We spent a couple of days in the regional capital and got a very nice view into Japanese history and culture.  In addition to being the home of a beautiful castle, Nagoya hosts the...

Moshi Moshi! Mar15

Moshi Moshi!

We just arrived in Japan and hit the ground running.  In the first few days, we’ve already visited a few museums, shrines and local shops.  This is my first time in the country and it’s hard not to notice how incredibly clean everything is.  Considering the level of respect that...