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10 Things to Do in Thailand

10 Things to Do in Thailand

10 Things to Do in Thailand 1. Get Lost in Temples I love me some temples, but temples tend to have similar influences and designs throughout Asia. I’ve had my fair share of temple-going and Thailand’s temples were definitely stunning. Like many other Asian countries […]

Left My Heart In Thailand

Left My Heart In Thailand

Last spring break, I ventured over to Taiwan for my first international travel as a JET. Of course, those travels are still waiting to be written about, but I’ll keep you satisfied with my two weeks in Thailand. This year, I went with two other […]

Some Seoul for my Soul

Some Seoul for my Soul

As summer rolled into focus last year, I counted down the days until I could take a break from the normal hustle-and-bustle and get lost in another country. South Korea was to be my maze, and I the runner. I ran through the list of […]

Touring Ikeda Town

Touring Ikeda Town

So, one of the great perks of living in such a rural prefecture is that you get greater opportunities to be a part of the community. Fukui Prefecture, one of the happiest prefectures in Japan, started recruiting their small foreign population to promote Fukui to […]

Graduation in Japan

Graduation in Japan

A western graduation is like a festival, bright colors and smiles. However, graduation in Japan is a stark contrast to the festivals of the west. When I went to my first graduation ceremony, I thought it was strange that there was a ceremony even for […]

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Valentine’s Day in Japan

It’s February 14th in Japan. You’re excited because you expect to get a large box of chocolate and flowers from your boyfriend because—of course— it’s Valentine’s Day. You’ve already prepared a little something special for him that you know he’ll like. You meet up, full […]

Eat Fukui: Oedo+

Eat Fukui: Oedo+

You wouldn’t know it, but Fukui is abundant with trendy, hipster cafes. It may be one of the happiest prefectures in Japan, but it’s not known for its modernity and fun things to do. If you look past the dinosaurs and Oroshi-Soba and somehow stumble […]

Echizen’s Cat Temple

Echizen’s Cat Temple

Nestled away on the east side of Japan in Echizen, Fukui is a mid-sized cat temple open to religious visitors and cat-lovers alike. The temple, Gotanjoji Temple (後誕生寺), has about 10 cats roaming outside or sleeping at one time, and they are quite used to […]

Back in Time: Asakura Clan Ruins

Back in Time: Asakura Clan Ruins

If you venture out to the outskirts of Fukui City, not only will you find rice fields and expansive countryside, but you’ll also find a beautifully preserved slice of history. If you take Mino Highway (Rt. 150) towards Ono and come from Fukui Station, you […]

8 Hours in Osaka

8 Hours in Osaka

The bright blue hue of a building-high neon sign with an iconic and unnamed man as the center brings to mind only one city, Osaka. Known as Tokyo’s more laid-back cousin, Osaka is a bustling city of it’s own nestled in the Kansai region of Japan. […]