Sagamiko, June 2017

Last weekend, we went to the Sagamiko (Lake Sagami) area in Kanagawa prefecture with my friend’s family and some of her coworkers.

We stayed overnight at Sagamiko Pleasure Forest, where an amusement park, campground, and hot spring are all on one site.

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キャンプ場の朝。 #breakfast #相模湖

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Since Lisa is two-year-old, there were many rides at the park she wasn’t able to ride. But she had plenty of fun with the merry-go-round, mini-coaster, and several coin-operated car/bus/bike rides (she was really into those).

Picaso-no-tamago was also fun. It’s a giant obstacle course with 27 different types of stuff. It wasn’t easy for us to keep up with her!

Before driving back to Tokyo, we stopped at the public park surrounding the lake to ride a swan/duck boart.

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Kamakura, May 2017

We took a day trip to Kamakura, which is a town in Kanagawa prefecture 1-hour train ride away from Tokyo Station.

First, we arrived at Kamakura Station around 11:10 and had lunch before it gets crowded. ROOFTOPS near the station was a hit (though you need to be prepared to get really messy!).

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Avocado & grilled tomato burger at ROOFTOPS

Then, we strolled Komachi Dori Street to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮) Shrine.

From there, we walked more to see the bamboo grove in Hokokuji Temple (報国寺). The quiet zen garden was a nice contrast to the vivid shrine. Some bamboo shoots and young stalks

We took a local bus and Enoden train to the Great Buddha, then walked by the Yuigahama beach.

Kamakura has so many places you can easily visit within a day. We picked some of the major spots to visit since it was my first time there (Keita’s second), but it felt like I only saw a small portion of this old town. We kept walking around until it’s time to go home.

It’s a great destination to take a short trip to while in Tokyo. So much closer than Kyoto but you still get to see & learn the historical parts of Japan.

Kamakura Travel Guide (japan-guide.com)

Photos: Team Global Meetup in NY

From March 27th to April 1st, I went to New York for my team meetup. We stayed in an Airbnb in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and worked together.

During the week we had all kinds of food – sashimi cocktail, ramen, pizza, Italian/Taiwanese/Australian (home-cooked), and even Peruvian.

We went to Manhattan for a day. Took a ferry across the East River, visited the 911 Memorial site and the One World Observatory, then strolled around the city.

It was my first visit to NY since I had my daughter, so it made me notice things to do with kids. It was fun shopping for her thinking of her reaction and watching other kids around her age in the parks and streets.

Since I first visited NY when I was in high school, the city always gives me realization what I’m interested in at the time of my life because it offers so many things I can choose to do. I look forward to going there again and discovering more of myself.