Japan
Postcards: a couple in Kyoto

Postcards: a couple in Kyoto

This scene from Kyoto last year reminded me of a Haruki Murakami novel, and I suddenly felt elated thinking about Murakami’s somber prose that flow so beautifully across each page. I thought of Norwegian Wood, where he establishes such rich relationships between characters that you feel like you’re physically there listening to their conversations. I imagined...
2012 In Photos: the year that I never fully unpacked

2012 In Photos: the year that I never fully unpacked

Last year I summarized my travels through a photo essay called, 2011 In Photos: a year of transition and travel, so I decided to do the same for 2012. This year, thanks to my three extensive vacations and a slew of Adventure Korea-sponsored weekend trips, I never fully unpacked, continually leaving items throughout various backpacks...
Capture the Colour

Capture the Colour

TravelSupermarket is currently hosting a photography contest called, Capture the Colour, where participants are encouraged to explore visual storytelling through color. Jessica from Curiosity Travels nominated me. (Thanks, Jessica!) You must upload five photos that capture each color, white, red, yellow, green and blue, and tell a bit about each photo. There’s a chance to...
How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

My budget travel guide, How to travel on a budget in Tokyo, was published today on Matador Trips! If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo soon and you don’t want to break the bank, check out these tips. Also, feel free to share or leave a comment if you enjoy the article. ^^   -Text...
Snapshots from Tokyo

Snapshots from Tokyo

Wow, it’s been four months since I returned from my trip to Japan, and I still haven’t posted my photos from Tokyo. Here’s a mini collection of the sights and people that inspired and intrigued me. Cute Japanese snacks. I would like one Japanese house with a garden and bonzai trees, please. Meiji Jingu, a...
A Traditional Japanese Wedding Ceremony at Meiji Jingu

A Traditional Japanese Wedding Ceremony at Meiji Jingu

On a mild February day in Tokyo, I set out to see the elaborate costumes and anime character look-a-likes that Harajuku has to offer. I wanted to verify what Gwen Stefani raved about in her song, “Harajuku Girls.” Although I saw many elaborately dressed young females with stage make-up caked on their faces, I spontaneously...
Photo Essay: Koya-san, Japan

Photo Essay: Koya-san, Japan

Recently, I visited Koya-san (Mt. Koya) in Japan, located about 50 kilometers south of Osaka. The Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi founded a temple on Koya-san in the early ninth century, and ever since, the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism has thrived on this sacred mountain. An array of monasteries, temples, pagodas and burial grounds are...