With Summer right around the corner, my daydreams have been transporting me to sunny tropical beaches. Here in Southern Japan, Winter is clearly in the rear view mirror, and no one is more excited about that than me. In order to capitalize on the beautiful weather this

Cherry blossoms {sakura} get all of the notoriety as being the Japanese symbol of Spring, however, plum blossoms {ume} are in fact the first blooms to open each year, occurring a month or two before cherry blossom season. During Ume season, cities are filled with