steps at Tsukuba Shrine, Ibaraki

Travelling with baby – Part 3: tips and discoveries

Are you a parent who can’t wait to take your first-born on an international journey? Are you childless but curious about the behind-the-scenes excitement of travelling with a wee one? From pre-trip delusions and anxiety, through undoing airplane seatbelts to skipping the immigration line at Narita Airport, we share our tips and discoveries taking our baby…

English fortune

Help! I need a bad fortune!

Superstitious or not, it’s fun to buy a fortune. Fortunes are easy to find at shrines and temples in Japan and cost Y100 or occasionally Y200. Some come with a little charm inside for you to carry in your wallet. Fortunes are usually drawn from an open tray or deep container or come out of…

eating strawberries mid bite

Ichigo gari we will go (strawberry u-pick & eat in Ibaraki)

Sakuragawa City in Ibaraki prefecture is famous for strawberries. It borders Tochigi prefecture, which is the pinnacle of strawberries in Japan! On an unseasonably cold late April morning, we piled into the van for the land of strawberries. After an hour of twisting, skinny, rural roads past rice fields and through towns, the landscape changed to thick strands of…