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Traveling to Japan in the Spring can be pretty hit or miss. The blossom forecasts that pop up online aren’t ever 100% accurate, because nature is hard to predict. We arrived probably a week too early, but no fret, we made the best of it and found some early bloomers to photograph.  A tip I […]

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On the fourth day of our Spring in Japan trip we commuted up to Kyoto again. This time we  visited the famous Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), followed by the Imperial Gyoen National Garden to see the dreamiest cherry blossom trees. Our next stop was Ginkaku-ji, which literally translates to “Temple of the Silver Pavilion”. Fun fact, the […]

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On the third day of our Spring in Japan trip we took a 40 minute train ride from Osaka to Nara! The city now known as Nara used to be called Heijo, and was Japan’s first permanent capital in the year 710. The capital was later moved to Nagaoka in 784, and a few years later […]

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The Japanese kimono is easily one of the world’s instantly recognizable traditional garments, that dates back to over a thousand years ago. Renting and wearing a kimono in Japan is a big touristy experience everyone should participate in. Are you planning a trip to Japan? Here are 5 reasons why I think you should rent a kimono […]

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After flying in, settling into our hostel and exploring a bit of Osaka on our first day. Our second was spent in Kyoto wearing kimonos. We rented them online and decided it would be perfect to wear kimonos in Higashiyama, the historic district of Kyoto. Sadly it rained… and we tried to savor as much […]

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You guys, I finally made it to Kyoto in the Spring (well back in 2017) with my friend Katie, of course. Let me tell you… there is really nothing better than Japan in the Spring! We actually stayed in Osaka at the cutest place called Lucky’s Hostel, because we couldn’t find any place to stay […]

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You guys, I finally made it to Kyoto in the Spring (well back in 2017) with my friend Katie, of course. Let me tell you… there is really nothing better than Japan in the Spring! We actually stayed in Osaka at the cutest place called Lucky’s Hostel, because we couldn’t find any place to stay […]

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Are you currently researching a possible trip to Okinawa, Japan? Okinawa has been slowly getting the attention of people all over the world. You’ve probably read an article or two about the great number of centenarians (people over the age of 100) living in Ogimi Village. Maybe you saw the documentary Happy, where Okinawa is mentioned […]

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Okinawa isn’t as “religious” as the rest of Japan (in quotes because Japan isn’t very religious at all), which is why there aren’t as many temples/shrines here. Kin Kannon-ji Temple is actually 1 of 8 Buddhist temples in the whole Ryukyu Islands, probably as a result of World War II. It is easily overlooked and […]

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After 5.5 years in Okinawa, I finally made it to the Kijoka Purple Iris Fields in Ogimi Village with my friend Lauren. I had seen photos from others who had visited, but really had no expectations. It was the most gorgeous spring day and as we drove closer to the pin on Google Maps, we […]

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