Easy and Fun Weekend Getaways From Yokosuka

As a Sailor, it is in my blood to want to get out and explore. When it comes to finding weekend getaways from Yokosuka, I am eager to know about…

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Kusatsu Onsen Embracing the Heat at Japan’s Famous Hot Springs

Kusatsu Onsen is not the easiest place to get to from Yokosuka. It took four and a half hours, three trains, and a bus. Was it worth it? Oh, yes.…

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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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15 Beautiful and Unforgettable Adventures To Try in Japan

As a Sailor, I am so grateful for the chance to explore beautiful Japan. Below are 15 unforgettable adventures for the bold and the curious. In my 20s, the ships…

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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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