New Years in Kyoto

For my first New Years in Japan, I wanted to experience the authentic Japanese-style celebration of the holiday. What better way to do than head to Kyoto, one of the best places to be for the Japanese New Year? Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, bears some of the richest of Japan’s history. Buddhist shrines, gardens, traditional wooden houses and imperial palaces decorate Kyoto. Known … Continue reading New Years in Kyoto

2016 in Review and New Years Resolutions

2016 was a dumpster fire. Not necessarily from a personal standpoint, but for the rest of humanity as a whole. The endorsement of Brexit and the nomination of Donald J. Trump highlighted an important lesson for humanity: Don’t assume the power of the minority. Belittling those opinions doesn’t smolder them. It only fans the sparks.  As an American, 2016 was particularly paralyzing considering the political … Continue reading 2016 in Review and New Years Resolutions

Hitting the Reset Button

I think it was fairly obvious that when I began my expedition to Japan I essentially gave up any plans to fall back into a familiar, comfortable setting. I decided that instead of staying home and relying on familiar surroundings, I would instead charge toward possibly the biggest challenge of my life thus far. I was tossing myself into the ocean with no life raft. … Continue reading Hitting the Reset Button

Christmas in Kanazawa

This is by far the most unique Christmas experience I”ve ever had. Not only did I spend it in another country, but it was also my first Christmas completely alone. This was the first trip completely organized by my efforts. This was distinctly my Christmas and no one else’s. Well, I should say I spent it solo instead of alone because “alone” implies that I … Continue reading Christmas in Kanazawa

Korankei Gorge

One of the many places I was told to visit in Japan (specifically regarding the Chubu region) was Korankei Gorge. Located near Nagoya, Korankei Gorge is hailed as the most scenic location for Fall colors in Aichi Prefecture. This valley helps form Mount Iimori where Kojakuji Temple is located.┬áDuring the 17th century, the head priest of Kojakuji planted some maple trees near the temple, prompting … Continue reading Korankei Gorge