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Join My Adventures in Japan

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on this, but I’ve finally resumed working on A Taste of Japan. It’s a video series that I started last year, and then intended on doing for every place that I went with my sister when she visited us in Japan. However, I only did six videos, got to a video that turned out to have many parts to be edited together, and stopped.

Well, that intimidating video has been done. It wasn’t actually difficult to do! I enjoyed editing the video! I posted it on my main channel, and here it is:

I absolutely love Enoshima. It’s a place I’ve been to a few times, though most of the time, I stayed on the mainland. Although it’s a bit long, I encourage you to watch it. There are a lot of interesting things to see there, as well as many beautiful views. I’ll be doing a new video in this series every week. Next week is Enoshima Aquarium.

Let me know what you thought in the comments section below.

My Last Visit to Kamakura

You may remember some videos I made about our move to Canada. The last one I did was exactly two weeks before our move. I found it difficult to do the other videos because of a lack of time and motivation. However, since I’ve been working on my YouTube channel quite a bit lately, I’m feeling the motivation to get those videos all finished. So, here is the next video in the series.

In this video, we visited Kamakura for the last time. It’s probably my favourite place in Japan, especially since I lived there for four years, but also because of the history and beautiful places. Enjoy the video!

What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Private Bath at a Hot Spring Resort

For a short time this morning, we had access to a private bath for families. It seemed hotter than the others. This is what it was like.

The main room.

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The room to wash yourself before going in to the bath. The large bath we went to yesterday had a much larger area to wash.

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And finally, the bath itself. It’s on the fourth floor, so we had a good view of the ocean.

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Have you ever experienced hot springs? Let me know in the comments below.

43 Days to Canada – Amazing Landscapes

It’s now February 16th. Only forty-three days until we leave Japan. The time is so near that it’s feeling real. Still a lot to do, though.

One thing I’m going to start doing is making frequent videos about our move, talking about things we’ve done, things we need to do, and my thoughts of the moment. They’ll be pretty brief, but you’ll get an idea about what’s going on in my mind, as well as find out what the whole process is like.

But for now, I’ll just share with you an article that features some incredibly beautiful, but lesser-known places in Canada. Huffington Post published this a couple years ago. Here’s what you can see:

  • Mount Thor – Wow. The mountains in Nunavut look amazing
  • Abraham Lake – Incredible in winter. This is in my home province of Alberta.
  • Manicouagan Crater – This is probably one of the most famous craters in the world. It looks amazing from space.
  • Pingualuit Crater – This is a relatively fresh crater in Quebec. Looks quite recent.
  • Pingos in the Northwest Territories – Very interesting hills that add to the unique tundra landscape.
  • The Sleeping Giant – That’s a massive hunk of rock rising above the surrounding land in Ontario.
  • The Bay of Fundy – Highest tides in the world. Would love to see that.
  • Nahanni National Park in Northwest Territories – This place looks incredible.
  • Spotted Lake in British Columbia – I’d love to see this in person. It looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
  • The sky in Saskatchewan – The clouds on the prairies are amazing. It’s similar in Edmonton.
  • Gros Morne National Park – Wow. That looks like an amazing view reminiscent of Iceland.
  • Ice Caves – Plenty of these, including one in Jasper! That’s not far from Edmonton.

What would you like to see?

Taste of Japan – The Videos to Come

I have a lot of videos to edit and post to YouTube. They were mostly taken back in October while my sister was visiting for two weeks. You’ve been waiting a long time for the videos to come out, so I thought I’d give you an idea about what you’ll see. So, here’s the grand list of videos I will post.

  1. Enoshima – This will be a long video
  2. Enoshima Aquarium
  3. Hamarikyu Garden
  4. Tsukiji Fish Market
  5. Ginza
  6. Tokyo Skytree
  7. Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) and Odaiba
  8. The Railway Museum
  9. Ofuna Kannonji Temple
  10. Tokeiji Temple
  11. Jochiji Temple
  12. Meigetsuin Temple
  13. Hasedera Temple
  14. Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)
  15. Dinosaur Restaurant
  16. Oyama (hiking to the top of a mountain)
  17. Shinjuku Gyoen (gardens)
  18. Meiji Jingu Shrine
  19. Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue
  20. Tokyo Station
  21. Imperial Palace East Gardens (this will be a big video)
  22. Tokyo International Forum
  23. Marine Tower
  24. Yamashita Park
  25. Hikawamaru (an old passenger ship)
  26. Yokohama Chinatown and Chinese food
  27. Motomachi (shopping district)
  28. Yamate and Berrick Hall
  29. Samukawa Shrine

And there will be another video from Izu. Or maybe more than one. We’re supposed to be going there later this month to see the kawazu zakura, which is a kind of early-blooming cherry tree. They’re bright pink. The area we’re going to has other attractions, as well.

Any of those look interesting to you? Let me know which ones you want to see in the comments below.

And just for a little taste, here’s the last Taste of Japan video. It’s a ride on one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels. It’s also the world’s largest clock. The view is amazing!

Where We’re Moving – Edmonton

My family is moving to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It’s just over two months away. The time is going by quickly, so it’ll feel like we’ll be there in no time. I thought I’d introduce you to the city with video.

This is a good one. It shows the city in fifteen minutes, no speaking, just video.

And here’s a video of some of Edmonton’s best attractions. I think they missed out on some, like the Telus World of Science, Royal Alberta Museum, and Muttart Conservatory.

And this is under construction. It’s the new home of the Edmonton Oilers, as well as the two new tallest buildings in the city. The tallest will also be the tallest in Canada outside of Toronto.

After moving to Edmonton, I’ll be making my own videos, including ones about Edmonton attractions and our adjustment to life back in Canada.

See anything interesting?

Many Japan Videos to Come!

My sister’s visit to Japan is coming to an end, but my video editing is going to begin. We’ve visited a lot of places over the past two weeks, and I took videos at most places. Some videos will be fairly short, while others will be pretty long.

How many videos? There will be twenty-eight! Two in Fujisawa, thirteen in Tokyo, one in Saitama, six in Kamakura, one in Yamato, one in Isehara, and four more in Yokohama. There have already been a couple Yokohama videos.

If you can guess where we visited (search about tourist attractions in the cities mentioned above), I’ll be impressed. You may get some, but there are others you may not get at all. Give it a try and guess!

Welcoming a Family Member to WordPress

With my sister’s visit to Japan coming to an end in only a couple days, we need to spend some time working on her blog. She’s going to be starting a new blog through WordPress!

Her blog will be about her trip to Japan, containing many photos. I’m looking forward to that. Once she’s got a post up, I may link to her blog. But first, we have to make sure that her blog is up and running and looking the way she wants it. Who wants to see it?

In the meantime, I’ll be having my own sightseeing videos up in the coming days. There are many videos to edit and upload, and some of them are a bit long. But I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Let’s not even think about the colds we have, first of all. My sister has been here for 11 days, and we’re now on the 12th full day with only today, Wednesday, and Thursday to go for sightseeing. She goes back to Canada on Friday. The time has flown so quickly.

We’ve seen a lot, but it could’ve been better. We could’ve been healthy. She’ll remember Japan as the country she visited twice and caught a cold both times.

Today is a big day. Off to Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya. Tomorrow is Tokyo Station area, Imperial Gardens, and Tokyo International Forum. We may have time for something else, so we’ll see. On Thursday, it’s Marine Tower, Chinatown, and the Yamate area. We may see Hikawa-maru and Sankeien. She’s already been to Chinatown, but it was very brief. This time, probably having lunch there.

And that’s it. Then she goes home on Friday. We’ll see her and my mom in five and a half months when we move to Canada, though.

Well, time for three days of great sightseeing! And plenty of videos.

That “I’m in Japan” Feeling

When I came to Japan, I always had the “I’m in Japan” feeling. Everything I saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and felt was Japan. Everywhere I went, I thought, “This is Japan.”

A few months later, the feeling wore off. A few years later, that feeling just isn’t there.  I loved that feeling. I remember when I was a kid and we visited my grandparents on Vancouver Island, I had that “I’m on Vancouver Island” feeling. Then I lived there, and didn’t have that feeling anymore.  Occasionally, I’ll get flashes of these feelings whenever I’m somewhere somewhat familiar to me, but not often.

But I felt it again. After more than a week of sightseeing, I felt it again! But not where you’d imagine. I felt it while I was laying in bed this morning, hearing the sounds of everything going on outside. I suddenly felt, “I’m in Japan.”

Today, we’re going to a place that is very Japanese. From its tofu-filled shopping street to its Afuri Shrine, Mt. Oyama is a very old religious site in Japan. We’re going to climb it! And by climb it, I mean we’re taking the cable car. It’s a new cable car, too. I won’t live blog it, since I’d just say thing like, “here’s a tree, and some more trees” and “Check out this rock!” I will take video whenever we see something interesting, though.

So, my question for you today is a two-parter. First, the feeling that I’ve mentioned, do you get that feeling whenever you go somewhere new? And second, have you ever climbed a mountain? Let me know in the comments below.