Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

Hi everybody! Last week Monday was a holiday, so our lovely friend Yusuke drove us and a couple others up to Nikko. Nikko is about two hours north of Tokyo, nestled up in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. It’s famous for the ornate Toshogu Shrine, the resting place of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, … Continue reading Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

Thai Beef Salad

Hello everyone! When I went home last August, my number one priority (besides seeing friends and family) was to eat all of the food I could — I even made a list! One of the foods on my list was my mom’s Thai beef salad, which is crunchy, sour, and spicy, and perfect for summer. We ate … Continue reading Thai Beef Salad

Goho Temple

Across the street from my old school is a Buddhist temple called Goho Temple. In Japanese its name is 五宝寺, which roughly translates to “Temple of the Five Treasures.” I’m not quite sure what the treasures are, but it certainly is a beautiful place! All throughout Tatebayashi are a scattering of Buddhist temples and Shinto … Continue reading Goho Temple