Aomori Nebuta Festival

Summer is the time of festivals in Japan, and boy do they do them right! Last weekend I attended the Misawa Tanabata festival, which was right out the gate. It was a good time; a similar vibe to the festival we attended last year. This weekend, on the other hand, I got the pleasure of […]

365 Days in Japan

It’s been a little over a year since we started our journey in Japan. This milestone has brought reflection and an abundance of emotions as I realized just how much change can take place in such a short amount of time! As I ruminated on these changes, waves of nostalgia, amusement, pride, and comfort flooded me. […]

Beachin’ in Japan 

Summer is upon us here in Japan! The days are long and the heat and humidity are creeping up fast. With no a/c, I’m only half as enthused as I could be, but nevertheless I’m excited! Everyone knows the holidays are the time of the year that make people miss home, but for me, summertime […]

Shiriyazaki Lighthouse & Wild Horses

Over the weekend Haley and I traveled to the northeastern-most point of Aomori Prefecture to Shiriyazaki Cape to visit one of Japan’s most famous lighthouses. Built in 1876, it was the first western-style lighthouse in the Tohoku region. It was also bombarded by the United States Navy during World War II! It is now identified […]

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

This weekend we attended our first cherry blossom festival! We traveled to Hirosaki Park which has over 2,600 cherry blossom trees and one of the most spectacular festivals in Japan! We walked amongst the sakura trees along the banks of the Iwaki River and got to see Hirosaki Castle. Cherry blossom season runs late March […]