Fujiya Ryokan is one of the most luxurious ryokans, which are traditional Japanese style inns, in the beautiful mountainous hot spring resort town of Kurokawa Onsen. Overlooking the Chikugo River, this five star luxury ryokan only has four guest rooms, so it can be competitive to get a booking, but we were lucky enough to experience their award winning hospitality, incredible hot spring fed baths, and delightful, traditional fine dining experiences during our most recent adventure to Japan.
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Onsen Etiquette & How to Use a Traditional Japanese Bath
Japanese onsen, hot spring baths, are found all over Japan and are an incredible experience for anyone interested in participating in Japanese culture, relaxing, and living like the locals. While it may seem intimidating to bathe in the nude with strangers, this guide will help you understand what to do and what to expect so you can get straight to relaxing, while overlooking mountains, forests, and other incredible views best enjoyed from a hot spring bath.
Rule of Thirds Brooklyn
Japanese food is one of my very favorite types of food because there are so many delicious options and incredible flavors I can enjoy as a gluten-free pescatarian. Rule of Thirds in Brooklyn, New York is one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve had on the East Coast. We went here for brunch the day before departing for my birthday trip to Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park, and it was a truly fantastic experience on a cozy, rainy day.
Quintessential Japanese Foods You Need to Try
These quintessential japanese foods are iconic Japanese dishes that everyone should try when in Japan. This guide will also help decipher menus at Japanese restaurants, and teach you the basics of Japanese food and cooking vocabulary, so you can order with confidence during your next visit to your favorite Japanese restaurant.
How to Quickly Learn a Foreign Language (or Six)
I’ve studied Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Latin in school, and several other languages independently, and used these languages to travel the world. Being able to speak to another person in their language, even if you don’t do it perfectly, is one of the greatest feelings in the world, because it opens up a world of possibilities to you. Quite literally, you can more easily travel and explore the world! Here’s how to quickly learn another language, including tips on how to select study aids, studying strategies, and reasons why learning another language is one of the best possible investments you can make in your own life.
Goldfinch Tavern | Seattle
Goldfinch Tavern, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, serves up some of the most inventive, refreshing, and nourishing meals in all of Washington. Dine inside their modern tavern, with its warm, inviting, caramel and gunmetal grey color scheme, or dine roof side next to the hotel’s infinity pool, with incredible views of the Seattle Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and the surrounding islands.
Sawyer | Seattle
Sawyer Restaurant in Seattle was one of the best places I’ve ever eaten. This unassuming restuarant inside of a former sawmill serves some of the very best seafood and vegetables we’ve ever had. A James Beard Semi-Finalist, this New American restaurant offers a seasonal menu that changes based on what’s available in the Pacific Northwest, while always maintaining a fine-dining atmosphere, impeccable plating and presentations, by only ever using the highest-quality ingredients.
Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum in Seattle
Chihuly Garden & Glass is a museum unlike any other. Next to the Space Needle, the incredible work of Dale Chihuly, like floating glass bubbles, phantoms, and tendrils, create numerous, enchanting atmospheres, transporting viewers deep into the forest, under turbulent waters, at the edge of a glass-like lake, and amongst towering flowers. Explore this incredible museum, garden, café and glasshouse by reading more here, and visiting for yourself.
Q&A Vol. 2 – How to Grow Long Hair
I’m often asked how I grew my hair so long, how to grow long hair, and what advice I have for those trying to grow out their hair. While genetics certainly plays a role in the ability to grow long hair, there is a lot we can control and influence, like our diets, habits, and the products we use on our hair. Read on to see what works for me, and what you can do to grow longer, stronger hair.
Aerlume | Seattle
Sustainability, and supporting local growers is something we’ve been trying to do more often. The concept of honoring the Earth, one another, and becoming more attuned to the unique flavors, textures, colors, and fragrances of each local season through food is precisely what Aerlume (pronounced like heirloom) is all about. Located between Bell Harbor Marina and the famous Pike Place Market, overlooking beautiful Puget Sound, Aerulume had some of the most flavorful, inspired food we’ve ever encountered in the Pacific Northwest.
A Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden
The lush, verdant Seattle Japanese Garden was the perfect place to spend a morning strolling along stone paths, alongside a koi pond, amongst Japanese maples, surrounded by moss and Japanese stone lanterns. Explore the incredible features of this delightful 3.5 acre garden which just celebrated its 60th anniversary, and understand why people travel from around the world to visit this oasis of tranquility.
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