The Mikasa

Some believe the HMS Victory, the USS constitution and the Mikasa are the three most important and well known memorial ships.  The Mikasa is docked in Yokosuka Japan and easy drive or train ride from the Center of Tokyo. For a Westerner, the Mikasa carries the history of a time not often studied.  Built in…

Spring Time In Japan: Plum and Cherry Blossoms

Spring time in Japan is beautiful.  It begins in March with a preamble of the blooming of the Plum trees.  The main event is early April with the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms). This Spring I had the pleasure to attend 3 Hamuri (Spring festivals to celebrate and view the Cherry Blossoms). While the Cherry Blossoms are…

Japanese Onsen

This past weekend I visited my first Onsen (natural hot water bath) .  I loved it and would highly recommend it if visiting Japan.  Here are some tips to get you started: Take your shoes off as soon as you enter the Onsen.  You should see lockers or a place for your shoes. There will…

Sumo Wrestling

Let me start off with some honesty.  I hate sports.  In fact, regardless of who you are and where you are from – you will be hard pressed to find someone who cares less than I do.  I have been to two football games in my life (I brought a book both times).  I have…

Okinawa Japan (Photos)

As I have said before, my friend Walter is an amazing photographer.  Check out some of his recent photos of Okinawa.  Check out his page Spokenlight for more photos!      

Sightseeing Tokyo: Asakusa

Tokyo is a massive city and figuring out where to start can be overwhelming.  To get you going, I recommend a half day in Asakusa. Located in the “low city”, Asakusa is home to Sensoji, a 7th century Buddhist temple.  The temple is an easy 5 minute walk from Asakusa station and is accessed by a…