Tag Archive: nature

Sonoma Getaway Weekend

One of the big perks of living in Berkeley is easy access to wine country. I’ve taken pretty good advantage of the situation in past years–I get up to Napa 3-4 times per… Continue reading

Yabusame: The Japanese Art of Horseback Archery

Horses and archery probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of Japan, but in fact, bows date back to Japan’s prehistoric Jomon era (14,000-300 BC) and historical records of… Continue reading

A Day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hello, everyone! Apologies for the overly long hiatus. Things have been busy in real life, which means that blogging often falls by the wayside. Rest assured, things are going well here in Japan,… Continue reading

Things I Like About Japan #8: Hanami

It’s springtime here in Japan, which means that it’s time for one of my favorite pastimes: hanami! What is hanami, you ask? Well, it’s usually translated as “cherry blossom viewing,” but it’s so… Continue reading

Owakudani: The Great Boiling Valley

Thanks to Bloggiesta, I’ve been motivated to finally finish writing up some of the travel posts that have been wasting away in my drafts folder. I thought I’d start with one of the… Continue reading

An Afternoon at the Hakone Open-Air Museum

Last week, I took a short trip to Hakone, a popular Japanese resort town located about 80 minutes outside of Tokyo by limited express train. I have a number of photos and stories… Continue reading

Koganecho Bazaar 2011, Yokohama

Apologies for the long hiatus! Things have been crazy-busy with classes, and blogging has kind of fallen by the wayside. I have a lot of catching up to do! Back at the beginning… Continue reading

Miyajima: A Classic Reason to Visit Japan

This month’s Japan Blog Matsuri, hosted by none other than myself at A Modern Girl, is organized around the theme “Reasons to Visit Japan.” We had a number of amazing submissions and the… Continue reading

San Francisco Photo Safari

On Friday, I treated myself to a trip to the city for a photography workshop. Thanks to the wonders of Groupon, I got half-off on a “photo safari” through San Francisco Photo Safaris.… Continue reading

May Flowers: Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle

When I was in Seattle last weekend, I had the good fortune to stop by the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens for their annual King County Master… Continue reading