Have you heard of Kurobe Dam?

DSC09085A couple weekends ago we went to Kurobe Dam, a place my husband has wanted to visit for a while.  I posted about visiting Kamikochi before, but not about the dam that took 171 lives to build and billions of yen. It’s now a very popular tourist attraction.

We also stopped at a ryokan.  I hope some will check out the video and let me know what they think.  I could use some feedback on what I could improve.

If you wouldn’t mind, that’d be awesome.  I’m starting to really enjoy the wonderful blogging community on wordpress.  So much positive energy.   🙂


Kawaii Monster Cafe In Harajuku (Video)

Nothing says rainbows more than the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku.  I visited there a few months ago. I posted it here.

Well, I finally put together the video footage of my visit with my friend KS.  There is no narration or anything, it’s just the interior and the staff dancing at the end.  It really is like a bag of skittles went off in there.


Cleaning Out My Walk-In Closet

Maybe getting hooked on shows like this inspired me…

It took hours to clean out my walk-in closet.  I went through the clothing, matching up what worked and what didn’t.  I’ve now divided up what clothes I’ll try to sell at the thrift store and what just need to be thrown away. It’s a carefully divided set of piles occupying the hallway currently.

(There is no form of Goodwill that I know of in Japan.  Otherwise, I’d happily donate a lot of clothes.  They also mainly want brand names, of which I have almost none, but I’ll see what they say.)   Continue reading

Hydrangea Season in Tokyo

I missed iris season by a bit.

However, I just got to enjoy the tail end of hydrangea season in Kamakura.


It was so packed. Thousands arrived to go to the same place.

(Actually, when my husband brought me flowers a few days back, he wanted to bring me blue flowers like this because the Texas state flower is blue (bluebonnets).  So sweet.)

Here are my pics of the hydrangea


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My Husband Brought Me Flowers and Cake

Actually, my husband and I have never brought each other flowers before.  We’ve never been a flower-power couple.

So I was really touched and surprised when he came home and surprised me with this:


He even wrote a beautiful message in the flowers, eking out his best English, but I’m not allowed to take a photo of that. He felt it was too personal and asked me not to share it anywhere.

So his heartfelt message of love remains our secret.

This on the heels of my friends taking me out to dinner.

I’m feeling quite loved today ya’ll.

Why Japanese Hotels Save Space On Packing

If you ask me, packing is the worst part about traveling.

Nothing, not even “10 Travel Hacks To Make Packing Fun”, have ever made me want to pack. In the end, I just toss stuff into a suitcase and push hard until I can latch it shut.

Remember, sitting on the suitcase is a space-saver. The seams are sturdy; they’ll hold. If you must, bounce on it a few times. Your significant other may stare at you with a look of — who did I marry? — as  you struggle to fit everything in and close it, but you’ll always know:

You: 1

Luggage: 0

Traveling in Japan creates space.

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Weekend Trip to Kamikochi

My husband and I share a love of travel.  There is something about travel — the discovery of new — that makes my heart pick up and gives a euphoric feeling.

I’ll admit it.  We’re both part of Travel Addicts Anonymous or TAA.

However, that is coupled with my husband’s love of driving and bam — you have the perfect combination.  Some people go for massages to relax, but he goes for a drive in his “mistress” as I call his car.  I’ll often find him out waxing and washing her.  The man practically coos over his baby.   Continue reading