Fukiware Falls

Momiji Hunting in Gunma

November in Japan is such a great time to be outdoors. Crisp mornings and clear skies, golden afternoon light and intense sunsets, and the best part… explosions of autumn colour around every corner! A few friends and I hit the road mid-November to go momiji hunting through central Gunma. Despite being so close to Tokyo,…

Relaxing Lakeside

Nothing says ‘relaxing’ to me more than being around water. When I’m hiking in the mountains, I love following streams and coming across waterfalls. When I’m at the beach, I love sunbaking on the sand and hearing the waves crash. When I’m in the sea, I love snorkeling among the fish and coral. And when I’m…

Kinchakuda

A Scarlet Sea in Saitama

Red spider lilies are on everyone’s lips right now! These gorgeous, bright red flowers signify the start of autumn and are now in full bloom. Interestingly, these flowers are actually also associated with death in Japan. You’ll see lots of spider lilies around graves, where they represent the souls of the dead. Also, farmers make…

Tokyo in Yellow

We’re well into winter now, here in Tokyo. As if on queue, as soon as the calendar changed to December, the cold arrived. The only time I ‘love’ winter is either when I’m sipping hot chocolate with friends inside a warm cafe or when I’m on a snowboard at a ski resort. So these frosty mornings…

Fun with Reflections!

I’ve been to Showa Memorial Park so many times since I moved to Tokyo last year, that I think it’s safe to say it’s my favourite park in Tokyo prefecture. Sorry, Shinjuku Gyoen, you’ve been replaced! Every time I visit Showa Memorial Park, I discover another part of its HUGE grounds! And not only is it…