こんばんは! Last weekend we went to the Buddhist temple called Kiyomizudera, which means “Pure Water Temple.” It was a short bus ride from our Airbnb, so we set out early, arriving at the bottom of the road around 9:30am. It was already busy! There were lots of shops just opening up selling souvenirs and yatsuhashi, a … Continue reading Kiyomizudera


Hello everyone! We got back from our 5-day Kyoto trip yesterday. I was hoping we would be in time to see the beautiful fall colours Japan is so famous for, but alas, we were just a week or two too early! Regardless, it was absolutely beautiful. Our first full day we visited Arashiyama, or “Storm … Continue reading Arashiyama

Komagata Shrine

Hello all! Tiny post here. I received a GoPro as an early birthday present, so this evening Paul and I went out to the rice fields to practice with it in preparation for our Kyoto trip next month! On our way home we found ourselves near a tiny shrine called Komagata. (The light was almost … Continue reading Komagata Shrine

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

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

Kansas City Eats

Hello all! Long time no see — we returned home from the U.S. a week ago, and I’m still trying to adjust to being back in Japan. It’s been tough going back to edit the pictures I took over our three-week vacation; I’m definitely feeling a bit homesick!  That being said, it’s been too long … Continue reading Kansas City Eats