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.
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!
Syoka is situated inside a former samurai house in the heart of Nara, Japan’s Sacred Deer Park. Here, patrons create their own luxe sushi rolls and hand rolls using some of the finest sushi and sashimi ingredients, presented upon pinewood trays for a truly unique and tactile culinary experience, perfect for first-time sushi makers and seasoned professionals.
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!
I’m headed off on more adventures this year, and I’ll be traveling for nearly 8 months straight! See where I’m headed, and let me know if you have any recommendations for me!
As a child, I used to look forward to the one or two episodes each week of TV my parents would let me watch. I’d always choose something either on the National Geographic Channel or the Discovery Channel, because I loved seeing what other places looked like compared to my little lakeside town in northern…