Monthly Archives: August 2012


Iwatayama Monkey park, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Iwatayama monkey park in Arashiyama, a suburb of Kyoto. Here, monkeys roam freely, as humans keep quiet and observe, so not to get the critters too stressed out.


Daimaru department store food Osaka

There is no lack of places to find food in Japan. One of the best spots to go is actually rather surprising for us Canadians: department store basements. Under the many floors showcasing posh clothes, exquisite perfumes and shiny jewelry, you’ll find yourself in a bustling atmosphere will hundreds of tasty dishes to choose from, most for very reasonable prices. Some kiosks will let you sample before you decided.


Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto

We hiked at the beautiful Fushimi Inari shrine. Kyoto has many shrines and temples, but this one is extra special because the trails are meant to make you pass under thousands of large toriis (a torii is the door to access a shrine)