Wabi-sabi: The Japanese Ideal That Changes Everything

The trickling of fresh water and the smoothness of a river stone, the smell of fresh herbs or the steam off a hot cut of tea, the crackling paint on…

Get Past Tokyo and See the Real Japan: My Top 5, Don’t-miss Destinations

Moss-covered, misty forests of giant cedars where monkeys roam; a rural island where ancient old theatre and drumming was born; thatched-roof homes nestled into a valley; a towering citadel surviving…

Social Enterprises: What are They and How Can They Benefit Your Travels?

We all are familiar with the entrepreneurial term “start-up” and we understand the difference between a “not-for-profit” or “for-profit” business structure. In fact, we may think that nonprofits are the…

Before Dawn in Tokyo: The Tsukiji Fish Market Auction

In the dark of early morning, before the tourists have wakened – real life Tokyo begins. It’s not the glizzy lights of Ginza or the businessmen, bustling of Shinjuku. It’s…

Keiko Ogura’s Curiosity and Compassion: A Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Story

In 1945, Keiko Ogura was an eight-year old girl living in Hiroshima, Japan. At the time, her home city was one of the largest supply depots to the Japanese army,…

Top 3 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

It’s days before the dawn of 2015 and if you are anything like me, you have lots of ideas about how you would like to make next year – the…

The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route: The Best Hike in Japan that outshines Mount Fuji

It’s 473 treacherous steps to reach Nachi Taisha, the final shrine on the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan. The strenuous trek to the top, although painful for most, is certainly…

Why Japanese Hospitality Makes It the Most Culturally Rich Country on the Planet

Upon first arriving into Japan for the first time, I was completely shocked at what I discovered. I landed in Okinawa, a tropical island that marks the southernmost part of…

Are destination photos just a form of pornography or can they inspire true travels for us?

We have all done it, don’t deny it…we have all been victim to a glossy, enticing travel magazine cover. The type that catches your eye with exotic landscapes and striking…

Reflections of Cambodia: How to Make a Difference From Home

As we wrap-up our feature on this fascinating country, I reflect on what I have learned and how it has impacted my outlook moving forward. I trust our journey together…