Asakusa – Where the Pulse of Tokyo Beats Strongest

While it may no longer be the premier entertainment district it once was in the years leading up to World War II, Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s downtown Taito district, still has plenty of lively activity. Today, Asakusa is best known as home to the Senso–ji Temple. The ancient temple, Tokyo’s oldest and one of its[…]

Soak Up the Shonan Lifestyle in Enoshima, Japan

Part of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, the Kanagawa Prefecture offers a huge variety of activities and is a great day trip for visitors to Tokyo. Facing the Sagami Bay, the small town of Fujisawa is located in the central part of the Kanagawa Prefecture. The train from Tokyo takes about 50 minutes and costs[…]

Celebrating the New Year in Japan

A symbol of renewal, New Year’s Day is the most important holiday in Japan. Throughout December, many Bonenkai or “forget the year parties” are held to say farewell to the problems and concerns from the past year and to prepare for a new beginning. All misunderstandings and hard feelings are pardoned and houses are scrubbed.[…]

Secrets of Longevity from Around the World

I’m always intrigued by stories of Okinawa and its reputation for having the healthiest, longest living people in the world. My grandmother lived here for several years and is still going in her late 90s. Perhaps some of this island’s lifestyle rubbed off on her. This got me thinking about other spots around the world[…]