November 30, 2016

I slept in until 9am, and after getting yelled at last night for not being fully naked in an onsen (um, long story...saving it for another day), I felt like a whole new woman when I woke up this morning. I turned 33 today. That seems kinda old, especially for someone who is single and has no home, p...

November 27, 2016

My alarm went off at 5:03am, and after snoozing until 5:10am, I threw on leggings, pants and who knows how many layers on top. I hate cold weather, but I’m willing to put up with frozen fingers and snotcicles if the view blows me away. I’m actually willing to put up with all kinds of bullshit if I c...

November 26, 2016

We got up around 5:20am and scrambled out the door, but thankfully there was still time for a coffee stop. However, after a quick drive around the northern shore of the lake, we realized we weren’t going to get much of a reflection. Fog was drifting from the water across the roads, and the wind had...

November 26, 2016

"OH MY GOD! It's so huge!" I knew Fuji was beautiful and I had dreamed of seeing it for years, but when I finally got my first peek at it, I was blown away. It was way bigger than I thought, and the golden sunlight lighting up a few clouds around the base of the mountain made for one h...

November 25, 2016

Two days ago I stumbled across an unexpected sight in Arashiyama Park. Sunbeams shot through the leaves of a bright red Japanese maple, blasting the tree and the forest floor with an explosion of light for a mere 30 seconds. Just as quickly as it came, it was gone. I wasn't sure what I was going...

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