Summer BBQ 2015

This weekend we will be having our annual Summer BBQ at the beautiful Matoba beach in Takehara.

There will be a slight Hawaiian feel to the event this year with ham and pineapple kebabs being served up for lunch. I know for people who are not accustomed to eating pineapple in a savory dish, the prospect can seem a little strange. However, the combination of ham and pineapple really works well, especially when barbecued!

If you have time, please come by and join us!





Caterpillars, forests, and takoyaki...oh my!

Kyoto and Osaka; Check!

Two weeks ago, I went to Osaka and Kyoto for the first time. It was AMAZING! I instantly fell in love with the liveliness of the city and the enchanted atmosphere of Kyoto. Both are so different, yet very charismatic in their own way. During my travels, I ventured out to Arishiyama to see the majestic bamboo forest. In Osaka, I went to the famous Dotonbori St. where I ate lots and lots of Takoyaki; so good! Even though I had some stressful situations, I still had a great time and cannot wait to go back:)


Visiting Kyoto

Hi everyone,

a few weeks ago I went to Kyoto to see a few of the places I had not been able to go to before. As a huge fan of Japan's temples, this time I visited Byōdō-in in Uji city and Daigoji in Fushimi ward.

As some of you may know, Byōdō-in has been refurbished recently and as such has risen to renewed splendour. The Heian-style architecture is breathtakingly beautiful and of course it attracts huge crowds of tourists. I had to wait in line for about 45 minutes to enter the temple grounds! I also tried some of Uji's famous maccha products, tea and sweets. Delicious!

After Byōdō-in I took the bus down north to see Daigo-ji, which is a World Heritage site and houses the oldest building in all of Kyoto--this impressive five story pagoda was built in 951! I really enjoyed walking around the vast temple grounds and finding small hidden treasures everywhere. The whole area is covered in maple trees, too, so I would love to go back in autumn to see the bright colours. It must be very beautiful.