Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) at Todai-ji

Travel Update: Kansai Region

We visit four cities in one day – Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, and Osaka.
Amelia gets in a fight with a deer, Kat discovers there’s something better than world peace, Shawn plays it cool in the face of overwhelming adorability, and we all discover that we don’t know how to tell time.

Inside Senbon Torii

Travel Update: Kyoto, Part 2

We return to Kyoto to soak up the local arts and culture, take a somewhat-prurient interest in a partially-naked statue of a delivery boy, visit more shrines that you can shake a stick at (2), and experience the mind-blowing combination of flavours that is MOS Burger.

Meiji Jingu Ticket

Travel Update: Tokyo, Part 1

We meet up with our friend Shawn in Tokyo and hit up Harajuku, Akihabara, Gonpachi, and other pop-culture hotspots. Plus: sumo wrestlers and the imperial palace’s gardens!

Shrine at Kiyomizu-Dera

Travel Update: Kyoto, Part 1

We visit temples, drink holy water, stumble into a hidden Studio Ghibli gift shop, make friends with strangers, take over a sushi bar, and chase a baby monkey around.
Seriously, the baby monkey was adorable. I recommend skipping down to the end just for that.

Genbaku Dome and Clear Skies

Travel Update: Hiroshima

On our second full day in Japan, we put our JR passes to good use and took a day trip to Hiroshima. Now, the most common question that I get about Hiroshima is “how do you say ‘Hiroshima’?” It may surprise you to find out that one does not need to actually visit Hiroshima to […]

Billiken

Travel Update: Osaka

I have a confession to make: This post does not begin in Osaka. It begins in Tokyo. If that concerns you, do not fret; I will get to Osaka soon enough. We flew in to Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport on an evening flight via Beijing. Haneda was more-or-less like every other airport that we’ve passed […]