Sapporo, Japan

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, Japan.  I traveled with a friend who was an ideal travel companion, and we made the most of our time each day exploring the city. Although it’s covered in snow for many months of the year, the summer weather… More Sapporo, Japan

Osaka, Japan with Kids: Universal Studios Japan

My 10-year-old daughter has been reading the Harry Potter book series, and as a special Mommy-Daughter trip last week, we went to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, so we could go to Harry Potter World.  Our hotel concierge helped us buy admission tickets and express passes to Universal Studios in advance, which was a huge help, since they sell out of express passes… More Osaka, Japan with Kids: Universal Studios Japan

FestPac 2016

  FestPac is over.  With 29 island nations represented, it was impossible to see every dance performance, art exhibit, poetry reading, and film.  I barely scratched the surface of the various demonstrations in the fields of wood carving, metal working, tattooing, culinary arts, canoe navigation, floral arranging, and other disciplines.  I learned so much about many… More FestPac 2016