Meet the Adorable Snow Monkeys of Japan

Baby snow monkey Japan

We crunched up the snowy path. It was freezing outside; we could see our breath and barely feel our toes. But we knew something magical awaited us at the top, so we kept going. Then, we saw one. It darted across our path to go prostrate itself on a heating pipe. It was small, greyish […]


Why I Hate Skiing in Japan

Skiing in Rusutsu

I’m flying — no, floating — through clouds of powder. White sprays surround me. All I can see are trees, sagging heavy from weeks worth of fresh snow. And it’s quiet, so quiet. No sounds other than my own delighted giggles as I turn my skis in snow up to my knees. I wonder to […]


PHOTO: Ski Slope’s View of Mt. Yotei, Japan

Guess what? I’m going to Japan this week! I’ll be spending some time in Kanayama, and then I’m headed back up to Hokkaido, home of the most legendary pow-pow ever. I’ll also be spending some time offline, so you won’t hear from me until after the new year. Wherever you are, and whatever you celebrate, have an […]

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A Lovely Day in Kamakura

I have the tendency to get templed out realllyy quickly (like, before I even finish looking at the first one), so I wasn’t sure how an entire day in temple-tastic Kamakura, Japan would go. But, going to see the snow monkeys was too damn far away and expensive (excuse me while I go sob for […]

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