Japanese Kaiseki

Japanese Kaiseki

Part of the ryokan experience includes eating local dishes. The Yamazakura restaurant in Hotel Okada serves kaiseki.  Kaiseki is a multi-course traditional Japanese dinner made with seasonal ingredients. The portion sizes may seem small, but was filling after having everything.

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Hot Springs in Hakone

Hot Springs in Hakone

Hakone is a popular destination because it is close to Tokyo and famous for hot springs. Hotel Okada is a ryokan, Japanese style inn, with the main attraction being a public hot spring and foot bath. I can’t remember why…

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First Trip in Japan: Hakone

First Trip in Japan: Hakone

Since international travel to Japan isn’t an option right now, the government will launch a new campaign for people already in the country to travel domestically. It will offer large discounts for day and overnight trips from the end of…

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Ways to Self Reflect

Ways to Self Reflect

This mural pretty much sums up how I spent my lockdown. Sitting on the couch, self reflecting. I’m sure being able to self reflect isn’t easy for anyone. I thought of the book, Mindset:The New Psychology of Success, that I…

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Sakura Season in Pictures

Sakura Season in Pictures

Cherry Blossom season is officially over in Tokyo and most of Japan.  There are still some colder areas in northern Japan, such as Hokkaido, where the trees have just started to bloom.  I was only able to see a few…

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