Kamakura and Enoshima

Two surprising things I've discovered about Japan on this trip: how big surfing culture is and that hydrangeas in the summer can draw almost as big of a crowd as cherry blossoms in the spring. As we got closer to our stop in Kamakura our train ran parallel to the beach, all I could see... Continue Reading →


Hakone was an easy hour and a half train ride from Tokyo followed by a scenic bus ride through the lush green mountains. What drew us to Hakone was the promise of a magnificent view of Mt.Fuji rising up behind a mountain lake with an iconic floating shrine. Of course the muggy Japanese summer days... Continue Reading →

Tokyo Summer Through Film

Nothing forces me to slow down more than a camera, especially an old film camera. The weight of the metal body around my neck is a constant reminder that I'm a collector of images. Anything that catches my eye, moving me with its beauty or making me smile with its absurdity gets to be frozen... Continue Reading →


While my husband was busy at a conference, Ellie and I decided to spend the day at DisneySea.  It was probably the most exquisite theme park I've ever been to.  I already know that Disney is famous for its attention to detail but DisneySea really blew me away with it.  Ellie's favorite part of the... Continue Reading →


Even though Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, compared to Tokyo it felt so wide and open and filled with empty spaces.  We went expecting to eat some great Chinese food at the famous Yokohama Chinatown but were soon overwhelmed by the hundreds of restaurants which all seem to sell the... Continue Reading →

Slow Tokyo

The Tokyo I know and remember is the buzzing, vibrant, pulsating, swarming, neon flashing, sleepless city that it is.  Anyone who's been lost in one of the multiple layers of Shinjuku station or stranded in a crowded mass of people on Takeshita street has been introduced to this side of Tokyo.  But in recent trips,... Continue Reading →

Kiso Valley

We huffed up a steep path pulling our heavy luggage behind us and pushing a sleeping toddler in front of us, the late afternoon sun felt unseasonably warm as sweat beaded our faces.  As the town fell away below us, the path showed no signs of leveling out, and we were relieved to finally arrive... Continue Reading →


My third time in Tokyo and though there is finally a sense of familiarity it doesn't lessen the joy that bubbles up in my heart whenever I set foot in this city.  It must be the anticipation for uncovering new secrets of this layered city, eating the best meals of our lives every single day,... Continue Reading →

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