Adventures in Northern Vietnam

We spent spring break in Northern Vietnam with our friends Nicole and Evan, who were in the middle of their first trip to Asia. Their itinerary included Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. We decided that meeting them in Vietnam would be a great last trip and the cherry on top of our time in Asia. Without…

5-Minute Cheap and Easy Protein Balls

If you’re like me and never leave the house without food, you get excited when snacks are healthy AND cheap, you are aware of the protein ball craze and you never have enough time in the morning for really anything, then this is the perfect recipe for you. I’ve personally tried many recipes from my friends…

Remembering a Feudal History: Shiiba Heike Festival

Shiiba is a mountain village where the Heike clan and the Genji clan co-exist. After they lost at the Battle of Dannoura, the Heike sought refuge in these Miyazaki mountains and their offspring still live here today. Shiiba is known to have maintained ancient cultural traditions with little influence of modernization. We had the unique opportunity…

Healthy Kabocha-Spice Granola

Pumpkin is put in just about everything this season, sometimes where it belongs and sometimes… not so much. Somewhere it definitely belongs, and my absolute favorite, is in granola. In Japan, we have pumpkin lattes, alcohol, ice cream and almost everything but granola. In fact, it’s almost impossible to find any flavor of granola. And while…

Our Roadtrip Through Southern Kyushu

Whenever we have a long weekend, we try to take every opportunity to explore Kyushu. This time we decided to venture south to Kagoshima. We were blessed with a surprise visit from our friend Seth and couldn’t wait to show him around this little part of the world. Since Seth is from Hawaii, he already…

Here’s to Nobeoka Round Two!

Settling back into our lives here in Nobeoka has been refreshing and seamless. The overwhelming heat, beautiful green rice paddies, and meeting new foreigners all give us nostalgic feelings of our arrival here in Nobeoka now over a year ago. However, this time is different. We feel at home. We no longer feel the pressure to…

Nagasaki Weekend Trip and a Fancy Japanese Driver’s License

Well, we finally went to Nagasaki! Taking advantage of the three day weekend and celebrating our first year anniversary (whatttt?!?), we were on the road immediately after work to reach the city by nightfall. We decided to couch surf for the first time. Until now, we have only been hosts but never surfers and we…

Thankful for Today, Praying for Tomorrow

Kaya here with our first update in quite a while! As summer is just around the corner, we are so thankful that we decided to stay in Japan another year. If not, we would be packing our bags and saying our goodbyes while frantically deciding what to do next. This year has flown by and…