Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Hakone in Winter: Revisiting the Usual Route

Hakone is one of the popular places to visit especially if you want to have a great view of Mt. Fuji. It is also a great place for those who want to have a relaxing time in an onsen or hot spring spas. With its proximity to Tokyo (about 90 minutes by train), it is a quick getaway from the busy city life. A couple of weeks ago, a Filipino friend.. Read More

Nakano Broadway: Collectors’ Haven

Nakano Broadway is a shopping complex that lies west of Tokyo. Curious of what the place offers, my husband and I went there on the second day after New Year. From Nishi-Kasai, we took Tozai Line going to Nakano. It was very convenient for us because we did not need to change to another line. When we reached Nakano Station, we immediately saw the entrance of the shopping complex from.. Read More

Tokyo New Year: Braving New Experiences

Tokyo New Year is very quiet. No fireworks, no shouting, and the city streets look like a ghost town. It is the time when most of the locals go to their hometowns. While most of the people try to find a more festive ambiance outside the city or country, we on the other hand enjoy its solitude. It is a good time for us to visit some places without worrying.. Read More

Koyo or Autumn Colors Viewing in Tokyo

Koyo viewing is a must-try if you are in Japan around late October to early December. It is similar to Hanami in spring but instead of flowers people admire the colorful leaves in autumn. This year, the leaves changed colors a little later than expected. Maybe because of the changing climate. I did not have enough chance to visit several places for Koyo last month because of the exhibition. But.. Read More

Inokashira Park: Outside Ghibli’s Walls

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park maybe popular to both locals and foreign visitors because of Ghibli Museum. But outside the museum walls, Inokashira Park has a lot to offer.  Built in 1917, the park serves as a precious green sanctuary for its residents and nearby cities. It has an area of about 380,000 square meters with a 43,000-square meter center pond. The pond  used to be the first source of water supply for Tokyo during.. Read More