Christmas Magic and Ice Skating In Yokohama

Looking for Christmas feelz in Japan? Or maybe somewhere to faceplant on ice?

I have a place for you!

It’s a perfect spot for enjoying the Christmas Spirit in Japan, and it’s at the Red Brick Building in Yokohama.  Where you can see these kind of displays:

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Car Camping Our Way Through Japan

Our Most Recent Car Camping Trip To Nikko

To save money on trips, my husband and I do car camping. This is becoming a common trend in Japan. There are even guidebooks on “Michi no Eki” or Road Stops (see the links below).

You can stay for free at road stops and cut down the cost of staying at a hotel. It’s best to choose road stops with onsens (hot springs) so that you can bath and relax before you bed down.

Car Camping works in fall, winter, and spring, but is not a good idea in summer (because it’ll get really hot and stick inside the car and you don’t want to sleep with the windows rolled down).

It’s also a good idea to buy curtains for the inside of your car, or use sun shields (so that people can peer inside your car while you sleep).

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A Present From Mt. Fuji

Oh, Mt. Fuji is a wily one. For years this great big symbol of Japan has eluded my shots, dodging behind walls, telephone poles, buildings, or clouds.  Even when I climbed Mt. Fuji I failed to get the perfect shot due to a rain storm that hit that night.

This has been a long time coming.

Mara vs. The Slumbering Volcano.

Today, on Christmas Day, the mountain could escape my camera lens no longer.  At long last I achieved a perfect shot.  Behold, for I have conquered the mountain, and captured it exposed in a cloak of powder white, naked for my digital memory banks.

This is my Christmas Present from Mt. Fuji: a perfect shot of its wintertime glory.

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The Last Sunset Before Christmas

Just wanted to share my picture from a hilltop of the setting sun on Christmas Eve here in Japan.  We went on vacation and went to Ise Shima.

Ever heard of it?

Recognize this picture?

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We were here.  Well, not in this picture, but the place where this picture was taken.  Our accommodations were in the vicinity to this.

There is a hilltop near this and we climbed up to it and snapped this photo taken on December 24th, 2016:

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Goodbye 2016!

Merry Christmas from Japan.

Survival Guide For Tokyo Disneyland (Christmas)

The struggle of choices!  What to do when facing the difficult decisions?  What was the choice I faced?  Why, to go to Disney Sea or Disneyland?  It’s not fair!

After searching deep within myself for answer and seeking guidance from the ancient tomes (pamphlets), I came to the heart-wrenching decision of: Disneyland.

When you go classic, you never go back. ^^

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Sunset Of Autumn In Kamakura

I kept wanting to go back to this one part of the Tenen Hiking Trail to take pictures of the autumn foliage there. I went with a group last weekend, but brought no camera.

My earlier attempt was foiled when I took a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong side of Kamakura (you have to be careful which streets you go onto or those mountains will lead you astray).  By the time I made my way back the sun was too low.

This time I got it right and this is what I got. (Bonus: beautiful sunset).

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My 6 Favorite Christmas Traditions In Japan

I think Japan was like ‘Nice Holiday you have there, Europe. Think we’ll adopt our favorite parts and call them our own’.  Or that’s how I imagined it.

Here is my list of 8 things I enjoy about Christmas in Japan:

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1.)  Christmas Cake

When I first arrived, the Japanese asked about my family’s “Christmas Cake” and I stared at them blankly.  They insisted it was a Western Tradition. I begged to differ.

However, most are still very convinced people in the West eat Christmas Cake during Christmas.  I’m still waiting for egg nog to invade Japan.

I love any tradition that gives an excuse to buy cake.  After all, since I live in Japan I should blend with the natives, right?  Right!  Let’s buy some cake! Continue reading