Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba

The view on the way is as much an attraction as the destination itself! After driving by Saiko Lake (one of the five Fuji Lakes), nestled on a mountain is Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba, an ancient Japanese village open-air museum with twenty thatched roof houses that depict traditional historical Japan although some of the structures now…

Oishi Park, Lake Bake Bakery Kawaguchiko

Oishi Park and Lake Bake Bakery offer stunning views of Fujisan. Just a couple weeks earlier and the Kochia (now brown round bushes) would have been gloriously red! . Thank you @mimio75 for the recommendation! The beautiful pictures below were taken by my dear friend, Malu Ortiz (and the one with her in it was…

Hoto Fudo, Kawaguchiko Flagship Store

Not all houtou foudou (the dish) are created equal. The one at Hoto Fudo (the restaurant) has the hearty homemade with love x-factor. Chewy flat broad noodle with fresh local vegetables in an uber-rich vegetable broth make for the perfect comfort food. The one order is a big portion that it can serve 3. Hoto…

Arakurayama Park, Kawaguchiko

There’s only 20% chance of seeing shy Fujisan and we are blessed to see her all throughout our day trip to Kawaguchiko! . https://asiatravelbug.com/blog/mount-fuji-guide/ . . . . . #grateful #thankyoulord #blessings #fuji #mtfuji #fujisan #japan #kawaguchiko #autumn #autumn2019 #arakurayamasengenpark #chureitopagoda #travel #traveling #instatravel #igtravel #travelgram #travelstagram #nature #naturelovers #naturephotography #koyo #momiji #traveljapan #japantravel #leaves…

Autumn 2019 Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko leaves blooming like flowers. Loving autumn’s case of dying that causes beauty. Gal 2:20 . . . #japan #kawaguchiko #fuji #day #trip #travel #travelgram #traveling #traveler #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #outdoors #beauty #naturelover #autumn #red #momiji #autumn🍁 #koyo #autumn2019 #lakekawaguchi

Gradinner at HK BBQ Master, British Columbi

“Where would you like to eat?” That was Matt’s blank check for his grad dinner; he didn’t want to “flex” in a “bougie” place that would be “so extra.” Instead, he chose this restaurant whose main entrance is via a parking lot. Manila paper with brown tape lined the walls behind our plastic table with…

Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord For young mothers, may You bless them with wisdom, patience, and energy in raising their children. . . For our own mothers and mother figures who have raised, mentored, encouraged, and cared for us; may You reward them with great joy, blessings, and reassurance even as they navigate their sunset years. . For…

Philippine National Hero Bust at Hibiya Park, Tokyo

Bronze bust of Dr. Jose Rizal 🇵🇭❤️🇵🇭on the perimeter trail at Hibiya Park next to the Imperial Palace. This was added (during the 1998 Centennial Anniversary of Philippine Independence) to the 1961 historical marker on the site of the Tokyo Hotel, where Rizal stayed in 1888 before heading to Europe. . Upon exiting the Hibiya…

Hidden Nature Trail in Tokyo

Dogs do it, ducks do it, even little kids do it, let’s do it, let’s nature walk! If like me, you are trying to resist the temptation to shop, Todoroki Valley is a great healthy alternative activity (at least an hour or half a day if you like to linger) on a relatively easy-to-tread one-kilometer nature…

Secret Tea House in Omotesando, Tokyo

When you cross the threshold behind the flower shop facade, you cross over to the secret world of the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House. These await you…. The outdoors indoors… a short yummy menu (handsome Frenchman not included) using vegetables, herbs, and flowers… beauty on the walls, tables, and food… The beautiful ambience is almost…

Yay Sakura, Yaezakura at Hama-rikyu Gardens

The multi-layered late-blooming variety of cherry blossom at Hamarikyu Garden is stronger and comes in a vibrant pink! Yay for late bloomers! If you are one, may the Yaezakura encourage you in this growing stage to be patient as you wait for your perfect time to bloom! 🌸😍🌸 7 Fun Facts About the Hama-rikyu Gardens:…

Sapporo Clock Tower, Odori Park, Former Hokkaidō Government Office, Sapporo

Sapporo’s recently refurbished Clock Tower… Odori Park Tower… Former Hokkaidō Government Office… are just minutes away from one another and walkable from Sapporo Station. It’s so relaxing to see the birds unhurried and unworried (taken at the Former Hokkaidō Government Office compound).   Do Not Worry Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your…

Sakaimachi-dori Street and Otaru Canal

Otaru is a charming little harbor city less than a half hour by train from Sapporo; in light of this, it has become a “bedroom community” or commuter town wherein people live here while working in the now more-crowded ( and more pricey) urban center of Sapporo.  Preserved historical buildings throughout this city has given…

Sankaku Market Otaru, Hokkaido

Food, Glorious Food in Otaru. 4 kilogram live crab! Succulent, fresh crab (loved the legs more than the body meat here), melt-in-your-mouth (even if slightly firm) chu toro, and other seafood! The rice: nakakainis sa sarap! This meal at Sankaku Market, just steps away from Otaru train station—- one of our best and most fun…