Wanders and Flowers

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Shinjuku Gyoen on a Weekday

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is a serene sanctuary in the middle of a bustling urban city. The park is a favorite place for people to rest, play, and relax after a busy week. With its huge open green space; forest-like corners; and beautiful landscapes, a day visit is not enough to see its full glory.     Shinjuku Gyoen: A Sanctuary at the Heart of Busy City Center   I have been.. Read More

Family-Friendly Places Worth-Visiting in Edogawa

Family-friendly places especially for those with young children can be a challenge when in Tokyo. Just a few minutes away from central Tokyo is the city of Edogawa, the easternmost ward at the bounds of Urayasu and Ichikawa in Chiba Prefecture.   Edogawa is known to many because of its proximity to Tokyo Disneyland and the crazy influx of people riding Tozai Line during rush hours in the morning and.. Read More

Narita: A Stop Away from the Airport

Narita is famous outside and inside Japan because of its huge airport. However, the city itself is a good place to visit to. Every time I go to and from airport, I always wonder what is beyond the gates of Narita Station. To answer my curiosity, I was able to lure my husband to join me going there last Sunday. From our place, we took Tozai Line from Nishi-Kasai to.. Read More

Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine

Azalea Festival may not be as popular as sakura season but it is as beautiful. For some time now, going to Nezu Shrine has been on my places-to-go list. The festival this year gave us some push to finally visit the shrine last Sunday. After paying homage to Hachiko and Dr. Ueno at Tokyo University’s Yayoi Campus, we walked a little further down the hill to see the azalea flowers… Read More

Hachiko: My Full Encounter

Hachiko is popular to most people for its loyalty to its master. Its story inspired both the dog lovers and non-lovers around the world especially when Richard Gere made a movie about him. When in Tokyo, locals and tourists queue to have a photo with its bronze statue in Shibuya. Living in Tokyo gave me a great opportunity to have several encounters with this iconic dog over the years.  .. Read More