21 Days and Counting!

24 02 2012

Today’s inspiration is brought to you by the delightful delicacies of traditional kaiseki cuisine, as pictured here by Amami Onsen Nanten-en. Kaiseki has its roots in the Japanese tea ceremony, and typically uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients presented in an artful balance of color, texture, and flavor. Yum! I found this article from The Atlantic describing the history and significance of kaiseki absolutely mountwatering!

And I’m thrilled that we’ll be visiting Nanten-en for a night after we visit Koyasan!





I’ve got the travel bug…

31 01 2012

..and I’ve got it bad.

Fortunately, it’s about time Roman and I took another international trip. In the past we’ve spent nearly three weeks in central and eastern Europe, a week in Paris, a week in the Mayan Riviera, and a week on Grand Cayman. Where to then?

This time we’re heading to JAPAN, for 16 days! I can hardly contain my excitement. We’ll be arriving in Osaka, traveling to cities like Iga, Hiroshima, Koyasan, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Nagano, and leaving after 5 whole days in Tokyo.

There’s so much history and culture to see, we could spend a month and not see it all! However, I think we’ll have a pretty incredible trip with the time we have. And, we’ll be there during hanami (Cherry blossom viewing season)!

Every spare moment of my time is going towards planning this trip (hotels, ryokan, vacation rentals; oh, my!). Which is aiding in my overwhelming excitement. If anyone out there has any suggestions of what to see, where to eat, etc., please pass it my way!








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