Day Trip to Ube

The main reason we decided to head to Ube for a day trip was to see the Japanese wind chimes at Kotozaki-hachimangu Shrine . Furin, Japanese wind chimes, are known as the sound of summer. Many Japanese people enjoy hearing the soothing sound the chimes make while blowing in the wind. It is even said… Continue reading Day Trip to Ube

Goldfish Lanterns and Indigo Dyeing in Yanai

Are you looking for something different to do on a rainy or cold day? Or even an easy day trip when the weather is nice? Then head to Yanai. Yanai is a city in Yamaguchi prefecture, and it is home to the goldfish lantern festival that occurs annually on August 13th. During the lantern festival… Continue reading Goldfish Lanterns and Indigo Dyeing in Yanai

Unique Animal Experiences near Camp Zama

Japan is home to many unique animal experiences which often take place in a cafe. If you live in or near Zama, Sagamihara, or Atsugi you should check out these three animal encounters. Each animal experience was very family friendly and easy to navigate with the language barrier. Parrot Cafe The Parrot Cafe is a… Continue reading Unique Animal Experiences near Camp Zama

Day Trip to Mine City

If the weather is nice and you are looking for a family friendly day trip from Iwakuni, I have just the place for you. Mine is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture with over 25,000 residents. It is best known for Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park. The area was thought to be a coral reef over 300 million… Continue reading Day Trip to Mine City

3 Babies in 3 Countries: Japanese Birth Experience-Part 2

Before beginning the rest of the story about my Japanese Birth experience, it is important to note that at ICC they have many, many rules that they did not have at the hospitals I delivered at in Colorado and Germany. One rule was that they do not allow children to visit the newborn in the… Continue reading 3 Babies in 3 Countries: Japanese Birth Experience-Part 2