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This is our second Christmas in Japan and on the top of our bucket list this holiday season was visiting the Osaka Christmas Market. Every Christmas, a large community of Germans living in Osaka organize an annual German Weihnachtsmarkt {Christmas Market} so

With all of my posts about the Ritz this year, I'm sure you're beginning to wonder if I get paid to advertise for them. Well, the answer is no. I don't get paid or comped in any way to post

Over-the-top illuminations are a winter tradition in Japan. Now that nights have become longer, families look forward to visiting parks adorn with thousands of colorful christmas lights illuminating the black sky. Hiroshima's Bihoku Hillside Park has become a favorite destination for couples wanting

This past weekend as we began unpacking our holiday decorations, Ryan and I discovered a Christmas cookbook we purchased in Germany. Inside, there are recipes for all of the Christmas meal classics, like Christmas Goose, German Chocolate Cake, Christstollen, and our holiday favorite,

The Christmas season is upon us and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than to spend an evening perusing a Christmas Market?! Well, this past weekend, Ryan and I did just that! We recently discovered a small

Konnichiwa, friends! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday! With Winter right around the corner, Ryan and I took every opportunity we could to travel this month. Fall is our favorite time of the year, but we weren't able to do as

This year for Ryan's birthday, we took an opportunity to get some exercise and fresh air with our growing family and went for a hike in the Sandankyo Gorge. Located approximately 90 minutes from Iwakuni and a little over an

As autumn sets in and the leaves begin to change to shades of red, orange, and gold, people flock to some of their favorite places for a well-known Japanese tradition called "momiji-gari", or fall foliage hunting. Kyoto, Japan's former imperial capital, is

During our latest trip to Osaka, Ryan and I stumbled across a fancy farmer's market located outside of the Grand Front Mall. We arrived just as they were setting up so only about half of the booths were occupied, but this was

Kaiyukan, located in Osaka, Japan, is one of the largest aquariums in the world and is renowned for its unique layout. Upon entering, guests walk down a spiral ramp from the 8th floor all the way to the ground floor, finding themselves in the middle of