It's our last Tanabata Festival in our beloved town of Fussa. We had to leave with a big bang! We prepared our yukatas and enlisted friends to do the same. It was so much fun to immerse into the spirit of the "Star Festival." Originally, the celebration commemorates the annual meeting of a pair of … Continue reading Tanabata Matsuri in Fussa
Note: This is a super late post! I've been gathering my thoughts and photos. With Clint's return came the holiday we both desperately needed. He deserved an oasis to contrast the desert he just came from; and I deserved a break from the Tokyo winter. We'd been planning our trip to Singapore and Bali for … Continue reading Singapore + Bali (Part 1/3)
Last weekend, a group of us packed up two vans with snowboarding equipment and snacks and headed towards Niigata. This area is known for its glorious snow, but we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. I hadn't seen this much snow since Pennsylvania! We got lost in Hakuba trying to find our hotel, … Continue reading The Snow of Myōkō, Niigata
Just like the fruit, Clementine can be filled with sweetness. She'll follow me around the house and all she wants is a good petting. She'll snuggle up to me when I'm watching TV or working on the computer. She always runs out to greet me when I come home. She's Tristan's best friend, and shows him … Continue reading The Faces of Clementine
One of my favorite takeout dishes back in Texas is the delightfully simple beef flat noodles. I had it at least once a week in college (I miss you, Hoa Hoa!) and probably twice as much after. To me, it was the Chinese restaurant staple. So when I came to Korea, and now Japan, I figured … Continue reading Beef Flat Noodles
Finally! A fellow Do comes to visit our humble abode here in Tokyo. In transit to Vietnam, my sister stopped by for a quick tour. I chose the best spots I could think of for proximity and weather limitations. We started with the Shiofune Kannon temple in Ome. The winter had a sepia effect on the … Continue reading Tyty Visits Japan!
With yet another friend visiting Tokyo, I had to think of a fun place to take her that didn't include another touristy spot or one we'd been to before. And then it hit me! I'd been wanting to go to an owl cafe since I first saw someone post about it months ago. There are several in our area, … Continue reading Tori no Iru – Owl Cafe