Day 1.


  • Beautiful cherry blossoms in Shiogama Shrine
  • Locally caught fresh fish lunch at Shiogama Seaport (Will be on blog post Day 1 Part 2)
  • Wagyu Japanese beef dinner & hot spring at onsen hotel in Hanamaki, Iwate¬†(Will be on Day 1 Part 3)

Great sakura view inside the shrine with the sea in the distance.

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2012 GOLDEN WEEK FAMILY TRIP -overall review-

For the first time since 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami, my family and I went on a trip. After going through a tough year, we felt blessed that all of us are safe and healthy, and we could have quality time together again. Unfortunately, my youngest sister couldn’t join us because of her school stuff, though.

Throughout the holiday, the weather was quite nice. Sunny and warm or hot like in summer. We travled around Tohoku region in northern Japan and sakura season just arrived there, which allowed us to enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom :)

Cherry blossoms in both sides of highway

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Autumn Marathon

One Sunday in November,¬† I went to a marathon race, in which my senior colleague’s husband ran a 5km, with her and another person.

"Nerima Hikarigaoka Road Race"

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