When travelling to a foreign land, one hopes to come across their own personal Shangri-La. This special place is off the beaten path; it’s full of authentic stuff and tradition; there are only locals there (or few tourists, anyway); and after the experience is over, and you go home to tell your friends and family…Read More
[caption id="attachment_2114" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The outdoor Onsen (rotenburo)! So good.[/caption]
Tsurunoyu Onsen – The ultimate experience of Japanese style relaxation
There were two days to kill before we were going to the mountains of Akita on the Northern part of Shikoku island in Japan. Our plan was to skirt the coast on our way up. Taking fate into our hands, Jackson found a place called Mito about 1.5 hours outside Tokyo. Mito is a small…Read More
Mito – When your accommodation falls through, and the spot your decided to go to instead turns into a mist covered wonderland.
“Shaaaabu shabu… shaaabu shabu!” Hiroko said, carefully turning over the thinly sliced piece of beef in the hot pot. She held up the finished product, dripping with fat and juice, with her delicate chopsticks and pointed to it. “Finished!” She said, laying the steaming meat into a bowl filled with shredded dashi and soy sauce….Read More
I’ve been struggling with this post for a while. How do I sum up what we saw and how I felt? How can I put into words the taste of the food I ate, the smells of the parks and city and rain, the feel of the wind off a temple hundreds of years old?…Read More