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Steam, onsen, & outdoor baths

Steam, onsen, & outdoor baths






So, I love onsens. I don’t understand people who don’t. What is not to love about warm water, wet saunas, dry saunas, and relaxing in a hot tub under the stars. Especially since everyone doesn’t have clothes on or even swimsuits on, everyone is on the same playing field. No need for jealousy of that swimsuit brand or those pair of shoes. The only sound is the sound of the bubbles in the water and the steam in the air,…

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Japan in 10 days (part 3)

Japan in 10 days (part 3)






So after Kyoto, the sushi party, and church on Sunday we were all in the mood for some relaxation and enjoyment. Taye and Taryn enjoyed some well deserved rest hanging out at home while Ash and I hiked a small mountain nearby, Mt. Takao. It was a lot of fun with all the water around the trail. At one point (pictured above) the trail turns into a stairway of stepping stones in the river. Monday afternoon we headed off to…

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Karuizawa is Moss Heaven

Karuizawa is Moss Heaven






This week I was able to go visit the Kaufman’s in Karuizawa for a couple days. It was my first shinkansen since I arrived in April and went pretty smoothly. I’m so thankful. Seeing friendly faces I remember from home was so nice and chatting away about all the people we know in the states was a blast.  Starting from the beginning, here’s the start of my trip. From Tokyo Shinkansen to Karuizawa, Japan My first shinkansen ride all by…

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Barbecues, Onsens, and Malaysian Curry

Barbecues, Onsens, and Malaysian Curry






Barbecues, Onsens, and Malaysian Curry. What do these three have to do with each other? My weekend of course.  A group of us got together Saturday night for a Japanese barbecue. It was such a fun group. Here you can see Koichi, Marie and Akito’s son, grilling the veggies. Other partakers included Manuela, Akihiro and Carrie, Tomokun, Marie and Akito, Imawa-san, and Doug W., a visiting brother from San Diego, CA. First time I’ve had grilled onigiri, rice balls. They…

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