Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

A Day in Hakone

My husband and I have been wanting to go to Hakone, a place known for its onsens or hot springs and a scenic view of Mt. Fuji. However for several months now but whenever we try to look for a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with private onsen, it was either fully booked or very expensive. And since it was just a few hours away from Tokyo, we decided to have.. Read More

Only in Japan: Weird yet Interesting Flavors of Fanta

I am not a big fan of colas or soft drinks especially the flavored ones. But since last year, I noticed that producers of Fanta here in Japan introduce weird yet interesting flavors, depending on the season. Here are some of the flavors I saw in the market recently:    

Only Japan: People Feel Very Safe

I am starting a series of things that are uniquely Japanese. And I guess this one should be the first on my list: Only in Japan can you see people feel very safe and secured. My husband and I were having our Sakura viewing walk in Ueno a few weeks ago and these two Japanese guys really amazed us. They were comfortably sleeping on the picnic mats together with thousand.. Read More

Creating a Happy Place through Ikebana

They say that Ikebana is slowly dying in Japan since most of the younger Japanese ladies do not have time or interest to learn about it. But I also notice that a lot of people outside Japan are increasing. This means that although it might be gone soon in the country where it originated, Ikebana will continue to strengthen and expand globally. However, it also puzzles me where to draw.. Read More

Sakura Viewing in Tokyo

Spring is one of the most awaited season here in Japan. Not only because it is the start of nice weather but most especially because of the blooming cherry blossoms more popularly known as sakura. It is the time of the year where people go out of their niches and party under the Sakura trees. Locals and gaijins (foreigners) call this hanami.  A time where people can be merry, have picnic,.. Read More