The Oki Islands: Diving into the Sea of Japan

Enter the underwater realm of the Sea of Japan and you are sure to notice certain things. First, there is the environment that surrounds you,...

By Bonnie Waycott
January 8, 2015 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Hoi An: A Magic Getaway

Vietnam. As far as holiday destinations, it’s an occasionally overlooked pick. While many Tokyoites head to Thailand or Indonesia to play in the sand, Hoi...

By Cynthia Popper
October 10, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Feeling at Home in Provence

"Dantes rose and looked forward, when he saw rise within a hundred yards of him the black and frowning rock on which stands the Chateau...

By Chiara Pace
September 25, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Kansai Diving: Exploring The Waters Off Wakayama

If you're curious about diving in Kansai, you might want to check out the southern curve of Wakayama prefecture. Kushimoto is a scene of fishing...

By Bonnie Waycott
September 11, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Sponsored: Fiji with the Family

Fiji is renowned for its beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and peaceful vibe. Given the welcoming nature of Fijians and their appreciation of children, it can...

By Hotels Combined
July 31, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Niijima: A Seaside Paradise

Miles of deserted white sandy beaches, azure water, rolling waves, cloudless blue skies, and open-air onsen. These are just some of the things you can...

By Megan Waters
July 3, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Hiking at Mt. Nokogiri

Mt. Nokogiri, or “mount sawtooth,” in Chiba prefecture is an easy one-hour trip away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo. As an antidote...

By Cheryl White
June 5, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

The Third Kind: Being Still in Phuket

For most of us, there are two kinds of vacations. The high-adventure, super active, push-your-personal-limits kind, and the lazy, indulgent, lay-on-the-beach-with-a-coconut-drink kind. With three jobs...

By Cynthia Popper
May 22, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Exploring the New Brisbane

Sandwiched between the Sunshine Coast up north and the Gold Coast down south, Brisbane has long been a stopover for visitors en route to the...

By Bonnie Waycott
May 8, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Tokunoshima: Where Turtles Swim and Whales Sing

At first glance, Tokunoshima seems to have been left to do its own thing, neglected by tourists seduced by the crystal clear seas of the...

By Bonnie Waycott
April 10, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Ishigaki Island: Diving and More

Just three and a half hours away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo is a quiet, peaceful world of stunning beaches and excellent dive...

By Bonnie Waycott
February 6, 2014 | Adventures, Lifestyle

Diving In: Scuba in Japan

Japan and scuba diving just don't seem to go together. After all, Japan isn't the first country that comes to mind when we think about...

By Bonnie Waycott
January 2, 2014 | Adventures, Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

Taking it Slow in Luang Prabang

The last time I rode a bicycle was in 2009 on Niijima Island. Before that, I was probably ten years old. Immediately after checking into...

By Rebekah Chan
November 21, 2013 | Adventures, Lifestyle

The Kitsch and Quirk of Busan

It was the second week of August when South Korea announced its worst energy crisis. Two power plants stopped operating and government buildings were asked...

By Rebekah Chan
September 19, 2013 | Adventures, Lifestyle