Life Update // We’re Moving!!

Posted In: Military Life | PCS | Personal
After 6 years of living our best life in Okinawa... the time has come to say sayōnara to Japan, although I'd prefer to say matane which means "see you later". I am 100% sure we will be moving back at some point (we love it that much), so it feels better to not say goodbye, but instead say see you soon. Back to our news, we are going back to where it all[...]
Okinawa, Japan

10 Must See Viewpoints in Okinawa

Posted In: okinawa
We have lived in Okinawa for almost 6 years now and honestly I thought we'd seen most of what the island has to offer, but boy was I wrong. Things have changed so much in the last year or two thanks to the power of social media. Now there are Facebook groups for sharing pins and cafes, people are exploring more and sharing all of the details on Instagram. Th[...]
Kyoto, Japan

Spring in Japan: Arashiyama

Posted In: Japan | Kyoto | Travel
After exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine, we set off to Arashiyama to see the famous bamboo forest. Once at the train station we decided to rent bikes for the afternoon. The forest is a bit of a walk and we didn't have anymore plans for the day, so bikes were the perfect way to see as much of the area as we could. We parked our bikes close to the entrance and[...]
Kyoto, Japan

Spring in Japan: Fushima Inari Shrine

Posted In: Japan | Kyoto | Travel
So let's start with this... no visit to Kyoto is complete without a trip to Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is simply the most amazing shrine in all of Japan, definitely #1 on my list. I visited Fushimi Inari Shrine back in 2013, on our first trip to Mainland Japan. This time around I told myself before arriving "there's no need to take tons of photos... you alrea[...]
Kyoto, Japan

Spring in Japan: Kyoto Gyoen

Posted In: Japan | Kyoto | Travel
Traveling to Japan in the Spring can be pretty hit or miss. The blossom forecasts that pop up online aren't ever 100% accurate, because nature is hard to predict. We arrived probably a week too early, but no fret, we made the best of it and found some early bloomers to photograph.  A tip I can share is basically stalking the locations or hashtags on Instagr[...]
Kyoto, Japan

Spring in Japan: The Silver Pavilion

Posted In: Japan | Kyoto | Travel
On the fourth day of our Spring in Japan trip we commuted up to Kyoto again. This time we  visited the famous Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), followed by the Imperial Gyoen National Garden to see the dreamiest cherry blossom trees. Our next stop was Ginkaku-ji, which literally translates to "Temple of the Silver Pavilion". Fun fact, the temple isn't act[...]