PHOTO: Wedding at Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima, Japan

Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima, Japan

Click on title to view photo in large format. Lovely Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima, Japan, was created in 1620 by Ueda Soko, a renowned master of the tea ceremony. Located near the hypocenter of the Atomic Bomb blast, the gardens were extensively damaged during WWII. In the months following the bombing, the gardens were closed … Read more

PHOTO: The Atomic Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan

Atomic Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan

Click on title to view photo in large format. During WWII, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, flattening almost everything within a three-kilometer radius. One of the few exceptions was this building, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, an arts and education exhibit hall. It was the only structure left standing … Read more

Good Things to Know Before Going to Japan

One of the most important things to know before traveling to Japan is that you will be expected to take off your shoes before entering a private home or a tea houseIt is perfectly acceptable to fall asleep on the shoulder of a complete stranger on the Metro in Japan, but don't dare talk on your cell phone while riding the Metro

Just the idea of traveling to Japan can be intimidating. It is a culture like no other around the globe, with a unique language, food, and cultural rules. Having just spent two weeks there, I thought it would be good to pass along the following things to know before going to Japan. It is considered … Read more

How to Help Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Survivors by Giving to Japanese Organizations

My friend Todd Wassel was on the ground in Japan during the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami, visiting his wife’s family. Although his family was all safe and sound, they watched the news reports in horror as the tragedy unfolded. Todd also happens to be a conflict resolution specialist for the United Nations; as such he … Read more

Japan Tsunami Hits Close to Home

I’m taking a departure from my normal travel adventures to ask for your help. We sometimes have a tendency to push tragedies out of our minds, dismissing them as having happened so far away that they really don’t impact us. We are compassionate, certainly, but we don’t really do much of anything. Today I had … Read more