A weekend of luxury at the Busena Terrace Hotel in Okinawa

This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated out fifth wedding anniversary. We were lucky that the date landed on a weekend this year, and a long weekend at that.

Around fall of last year we started thinking about what we wanted to do. It was my husband’s thoughtful idea that we spend the night at the hotel at which we got engaged eight years ago – the Busena Terrace in Okinawa. It would be a bit expensive, but we thought it would be a great memory.

We arrived at Naha airport at noon on Friday and picked up our rental car. We usually get picked up by his family, so it was weird for my husband to feel like a tourist in his own town. After the first of several Okinawa soba, we took the highway for the less-than-two-hour drive toward Nago city.

The hotel is part of a larger hotel complex/club area, so you pass through a security gate to get into the resort. We drove to the entrance and were greeted and had our car valet parked. My husband told the staff his name, and we were seated in the beautiful lobby with large open doors facing the ocean.

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One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Jason at Edible Adventure Travel for nominating me for my second blog award: the One Lovely Blog Award. As the name implies, Jason’s blog is all about eating and traveling. He has a passion for cooking and is currently exploring the world and all the amazing cuisine it has to offer. Go check it out! Continue reading “One Lovely Blog Award”

this is japan

This is Japan 3

I want to try and do a weekly blog post where I talk a little about my life in Japan. It will be a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or thought-provoking stories from my week. You will be able to learn a little about what it is like to live in Japan and some of the weird and wonderful things here. Sometimes it might be a bit personal, but hopefully you will find it at least mildly entertaining.

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Japanese convenience stores always have seasonal and limited edition treats and drinks. It’s fun because the flavours are always changing, and there’s always something new to try.

Sometimes they are repeats, like everything sakura (cherry blossom) flavour around spring; and sometimes they are are only a one-time thing, like the mint milk tea that I was tempted to buy out the entire store because it was so yummy.

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gà Đông Tảo: the dragon-legged chickens of northern Vietnam

While in northern Vietnam, I visited a chicken farm just outside of Hanoi. But, these were no ordinary chickens – they were Dong Tao chickens. A breed of chicken that is endemic to this area of Vietnam. The meat is prized as a delicacy and has traditionally been reserved only for royalty. It is currently available to the public, but it costs a pretty penny. Of the whole chicken, the legs are particularly considered a delicious delicacy

What is so special about this chicken and its legs? Continue reading “gà Đông Tảo: the dragon-legged chickens of northern Vietnam”


Building an earthquake kit

You must think about earthquakes in Japan, and you must prepare for them. I have, so far, been lucky enough to have not been caught in a large earthquake, though I have felt many small ones.

There is a lot you can do to prepare for an earthquake, and one of those things is to make an emergency preparedness kit. I have searched around the internet and made my own list of what I think should be in it. I have yet to make a kit for myself though, so I should do it sooner rather than later.

The first list will be a kit for in your home, and the second list is smaller and designed in the case of evacuation. This information has all been gleaned from various websites so feel free to make your own adjustments. Continue reading “Building an earthquake kit”


Earthquake safety in Japan

In Japan, earthquakes are a constant and looming threat. The country is known for them, and they could strike at any time. I probably think about earthquakes at least once a day.

Fortunately, Japan is quite advanced when it comes to earthquake preparation. For example, houses are engineered to withstand strong shaking, moving trains come to an immediate stop, and there are various ways to earthquake-proof your home.

Nevertheless, earthquakes can still do damage, even in a country that is always expecting them. Add to this the chance of tsunamis and the fact that many people live along the coast, and the fears are multiplied. There’s not much you can do about a tsunami except get out of its way. On 11 March 2011, the Tohoku earthquake itself didn’t kill many people, but it was the following tsunami that really did a number.

I want to cover some tips to keep you safe before, during, and after an earthquake. I’m going to make this with tsunamis in mind, since this is Japan. Continue reading “Earthquake safety in Japan”