SAIGŪ GYŌRETSU in Kyoto: Proof That Women Were Rockstars Since Time Immemorial in Japan.

Journal entry. October 20, 2019, Arayashiyama, in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan— #SecondWindTravelers witnessed the historic Saigū Gyōretsu|斎宮行列 here today, a reenactment of a ritual in honor of the high priestess Saigū, who during the Heian Period of Japan, was the royal family’s emissary to the sun goddess Amaterasu. This procession started from the Nonomiya Shrine, and ended by the […]

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Shopping for Kitchen & Dining Wares is a Must-Do When in Osaka.

SHOPPING FOR KITCHEN AND DINING WARES. This is also one of #SecondWindTravelers | our many favorite things do when in Japan! In Osaka, our airbnb apartment was 10-minute walk to the Nankai-Namba Station and in another 10 minutes you’ll reach the center, where you can barbecue-explore (tuhog-tuhog) the areas from Kurumon Ichiba Market, Dotonburi, Shinsibaishi, etc. (Thanks again to our crazy kids […]

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Must-go anywhere in the world: THE FRESH MARKETS. THIS IS KURUMON OF OSAKA, JAPAN.

In any city we visit, you’ll always find us #SecondWindTravelers trying local cuisine at the public market! It doesn’t get any fresher than this, and more authentic, too! LET US WARN YOU ABOUT OSAKA’S KURUMON MARKET, HOWEVER. Last time we visited Osaka in 2014, we lived in a hotel close by so we kinda ate our early lunches there before we set […]

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Japan Was Always a Healing Journey.

A HEALING JOURNEY. The last time we visited Japan, my mother died the next morning after we arrived in Osaka. My brothers said, “Huwag ka nang umuwi muna, ate. Anyway, nung nagpaalam kayong ba-byahe sa Japan, she told you: ‘“Mag-enjoy kayo ha!” (“Do not return immediately, sister. Remember that when you said you’ll go to Japan, she told you: ‘You […]

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Orange is Our Favorite Color: Wowed by Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.

Thanks to the expert airbnb hunting of our daughter Denise— we found a perfect location where we could just walk 15 minutes to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha), 15 minutes to the JR Station that could bring you anywhere in Japan, and 10 minutes to Keihan Railways Fushimi-Inari Station, a short train ride to Gion District, where our […]

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A Day Isn’t Enough to Go Around Nara, Japan.

As I look up to see the ancient wooden beams representing a powerful era in history, I wonder how these thousands of every single part were connected to make it stand the test of time, and calamities? How did the Japanese mind deal with processes at that time to be able to create something as majestic as this gate? I […]

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