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Kimono and Cherry Blossoms

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Tags asakusa, cherryblossoms, japan, kimono, spring, tokyo

Kimono and Cherry Blossoms

If you are in Japan or if you ever planning to visit Japan, wearing a kimono is a must. Actually, you can see locals or even foreigners wearing this everywhere in Japan. During summer time, you will see people wearing yukata and jinbei as festivals are on going. But during spring is the best time to wear a kimono and stroll around the city or anywhere. My friend and I tried doing it in Asakusa, Tokyo during spring 2018. It is the best area because they have the temples, shrines, Tokyo Sky Tree, and Tokyo Tower in the heart of...


A day in Ibaraki Prefecture

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Tags food, hotpot, hotspring, ibaraki, ibarakiprefecture, japan, japanese, onsen, plumtrees, spring, tendon, winter

A day in Ibaraki Prefecture

On commemorating the March 11,2011 Tsunami/Earthquake in Japan, Aya and I went to see some Plum Trees, hot spring (onsen) and a nearby beach in Ibaraki. That is the closest place I can get near Fukushima which is still hours north the prefecture. Plum trees are usually mistaken as cherry blossoms coz they come out and bloom few weeks before the known season or time for the cherry blossoms in Japan. This is what they look like. These trees and flowers die down very quick. That is when the cherry blossoms come in. Plums tress' flowers are smaller, branches/trees are...


GUNMA Hot Spring and Safari

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Tags animals, gunma, gyoza, hotspring, japan, onsen, ramen, safari, travel, trip, wanderlust

GUNMA Hot Spring and Safari

Aside from enjoying the cold season and winter sports, going to hot springs/onsen is the best thing to do during winter. It is everywhere in Japan. They have indoor and outdoor ones as well. Men and women have separate areas for that. It is soothing, relaxing, healthy and good for your skin. So we did a weekend getaway for two days in Gunma which is about 3-5 hours drive. My friends and I went there to explore the prefecture, the hot springs, food and safari. For years, I have been wanting to go to that safari and now, we had...