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 anĀ 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. […]

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 […]

Shabu-Shabu Dinner

Restaurants are by far one of my favorite types of adventures because food is the way to my heart and they offer a different insight to Japanese culture than site seeing. This weekend, our friends Taylor and Susan, took us to their favorite restaurant, Shabu Shabu, for an all-you-can-eat 70-minute buffet andĀ I photographed the dinner. […]

Thanksgiving Reflections & A Recipe!

As the 2015 holiday season quickly approaches, I’ve spent the past few weeks reflecting on what this year would look like for us. This is my and Haley’s first holiday season together as a married couple, so I am elated I get to spend it with her! We were married last holiday season, but Haley […]