A Lunar New Year in Yokohama’s Chinatown

I'm not a fan of crowds, however, on Jan. 21st, I boarded a local train and headed to Yokohama's Chinatown to toast the Lunar New Year. Although the vast majority…

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The Fun of Ichigo Gari – Happy Strawberry Hunting in Japan

I love strawberries. Happily, there’s a delightful spring traditional in Japan known as ichigo gari, strawberry hunting. My quest for the perfect strawberry began after a Japanese colleague asked whether…

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A New Year and a Daruma Doll Goal

A New Year Every year, people around the world set fresh goals. In Japan, a Daruma doll is a special, tangible way to remind yourself of your new year's resolution.…

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Celebrating New Year’s Day in Japan with the Dragon of Enoshima

This year, visiting family and I decided to celebrate New Year’s Day in Japan like the Japanese. A New Year + shrines + Mt. Fuji + the dragon of Enoshima?…

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A Japanese-style Christmas in Kamakura

I had the good fortune to have a younger brother visit me in Yokosuka for the holidays. After brainstorming, we decided to spend Christmas in Kamakura. Christmas in Japan is…

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2022 Year in Review – My Favorite Getaway Destinations in Japan

2022 was an unforgettable year to be living overseas. As a Sailor, I am so grateful for the chance to have been able to explore classic getaway destinations in Japan.…

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Celebrating Thanksgiving at Tokyo Disneyland

Visiting family and I celebrated Thanksgiving at Tokyo Disneyland. I was beyond thrilled at scoring six tickets at the local 7-Eleven. I was also delighted by how much cheaper it…

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The Beautiful Ama Divers, Pearls and Treasures of Mie Prefecture

I snuck out of my overnight rental apartment in Osaka early one Sunday morning, eager to see Mie Prefecture and the famous Ama divers. According to statistics gathered by the…

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Yokohama Coffee Festival and Japan’s Unique Coffee Culture

I am constantly surprised by the popularity of coffee in Japan. One autumnal Sunday, I set off for the Yokohama Coffee Festival, determined to celebrate Japan's unique coffee culture. Japan…

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6 Ways Japan Has Changed Since Your Last Visit, And What To Expect Now

On October 11, Japan began re-opening to international tourists. Those who remember Japan pre-pandemic will find many ways Japan has changed. There are two main reasons why Japan today is…

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