The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove just outside of Kyoto, Japan is one of the most enchanting places I’ve ever been. There was a serenity here that took me by surprise and captured my heart, despite the throngs of people around us. Read on to learn about what else there is to do in the area, when to arrive, and why you should visit this magical grove of bamboo.
Hamilton County, Indiana is a diverse and culturally significant rergion of the Midwest that we have visited several times over the past two years. We come back year after year because of the abundance of high-end and direct-from-local-artisans shopping, craft beers, small batch kombuchas and wines, the beautiful architecture, spectacular outdoor adventure opportunities, and the wonderful, welcoming people that make Hamilton County one of the best places to visit in the midwest. Read on to discover why you should explore the cities of Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, Westfield, and the rest of Hamilton County.
Tulip Time Festival is one of my favorite events of the year, and its 5 million blooming tulips draw visitors from around the world for good reason. Read on to explore my favorite events of the festival, get my tips for taking great photos during the festival, and learn what to do during my favorite Michigan event of the year!
Wondeing what to pack for your next spring trip? Dreaming of warmerr weather and the bright, beautiful clothing that goes with it? Here’s what I pack for a colorful weekend away in the spring for every event from a 5k to a dinner party in the garden!
Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan has a beautiful 5 story pagoda, and several temple halls, plus a gorgeous garden just a few blocks from Tokyo SkyTree. Built in 645 and rebuilt after it was destroyed during World War II, Senso-Ji Temple is not only one of Japan’s largest and most popular temples, it’s also a symbol of Japan’s national pride, determination, and the immutability of their history. Read on to discover everything you need to know to plan your visit to this breathtaking complex of architecture.
Parisian Atelier Messika is a purveyor of stunning diamonds for women, by women. They ethically source only the finest diamonds and precious metals, and offer stunning pieces that effortlessly blend timeless elegance and innovative modern crafting techniques with the highest form of femininity to craft the most luxurious necklaces, bracelets, and rings on the market. Message diamonds are always of the highest color and clarity, and become family heirlooms for connoisseurs of elegance the world over. Come with me to Lucido Fine Jewelry in Birmingham to explore the world of Messika Diamonds.
I’m sharing the 18 facets of Japanese etiquette that shocked us because of how unusual they were, or how prevalent they were. Hopefully this guide will help prevent you from standing out in Japanese society, and allow you to do as the locals do, without any surprises, confusion, or awkward situations. No matter how much research you’ve done about Japanese society, etiquette, and social norms, believe me, you’ll want to read this!
Home of Japan’s famous bowing deer, and a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nara, Japan is a wonderful place for visitors of all ages to explore Japanese culture, art, religion, cuisine, history, and so much more. This guide will give you all the advice, tips, and insight on how to plan a visit to Nara as either a day tip from Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka, and how to stay safe while feeding and enjoying being surrounded by more than 1,500 wild, yet mostly tame, Sika deer.
Syoka is an ingenious yet simple luxury restaurant situated inside a traditionally appointed former samurai house, located in the heart of Nara’s Sacred Deer Park. This unique restaurant allows patrons to create their own custom sushi rolls from the finest ingredients available in the region, like organic vegetables and spices, freshly caught, mecury-free fish, and a wide assortment of elegant accoutrements such as saffron, hand-ground wasabi, freshly puréed ginger, and many more culinary delights. Learn how to create your own sushi at Syoka, and why this restaurant is absolutely worth traveling halfway around the world to experience.
Did you know that there are more than a dozen different varieties of cherry blossoms that can be found in Japan? I sought out all of them, like the stunning striped pink and white flowers, weeping cherry blossom trees that look like gorgeous, flowering willow trees, afterglow cherry blossoms, which have a pink to white ombre, and many more! Here are some of the best places to see the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan all across the country. Check out these spots for incredible views and unique cherry blossom varieties, breathtaking views, and the perfect spots for a picnic.
Inkstand is a unique art supply store in Tokyo that allows guests to explore color theory and craft their own custom blended ink for calligraphy, crafts, and so much more. There are four levels of involvement in the process of creating your own custom ink color, whether you want to choose from examples, or get down and dirty blending and experimenting with your own creations, you can do it all here in Tokyo!