Extra Local Me

Extra Local Me aims to tell stories about cross-cultural life in Japan.


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  • Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa

    Continued from Autumn in Karuizawa (Part 1), Naka-Karuizawa (Part 2) We’ve seen many photographs of the Shiraito Falls in the internet so we were really excited to see it. Going there takes about 25 minutes by bus from Karuizawa Station. The breathtaking view going up to the mountains will really make one giddy. Shiraito falls … Continue reading Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa &rarr […]

  • Naka-Karuizawa’s Autumn Colors

    Continued from Autumn in Karuizawa I find Naka-Karuizawa area lovely and quiet. It’s a great place to wander to early in the morning since most tourists focus mainly in Kyu-Karuizawa area. We stayed in a cheap but clean Japanese inn in the area called Ikoisanso. From there, the main attractions in the area are accessible … Continue reading Naka-Karuizawa’s Autumn Colors &rarr […]

  • Autumn in Karuizawa

    I think it’s now safe to say that autumn is my favorite season: cool temperature and sunny days, delicious food, seasonal fruits like Kaki and chestnut desserts and of course, the vibrant autumn colors. So during some off-days last week (1st week of November), we had a spur-of-the-moment decision to ride a bus going to … Continue reading Autumn in Karuizawa &rarr […]

  • The Symbol of Summer in Japan

    “So do you do hanabi every year?”, my husband asked our friends Hiroko and Fotoshi who brought us to the firework festival in Sagamihara. “No. We usually do hanabi every week throughout summer, going from one place to another,” Hiroko replied. She continued to tell us how firework watching (or Ohanabi/ Hanabi) is the symbol … Continue reading The Symbol of Summer in Japan &rarr […]

  • Summer (夏) in Japan

    Hot. Humid. Two common words often used by Japanese people when summer days come. In summer, the Japanese people’s way of opening the conversation is usually atsui desu ne (it’s hot, isn’t it?). And though I don’t really enjoy the sweat that comes from these hot, humid days of July and August, I have also … Continue reading Summer (夏) in Japan &rarr […]

  • #2 Sapporo: Summer Street Scenes and Food

    When I visit a new city, I like taking a walk to go to the usual tourist spots but I also like getting lost in small alleys and taking pictures of anything that captures my attention. For me this is a good way to get a glimpse of the city and observe the way of … Continue reading #2 Sapporo: Summer Street Scenes and Food &rarr […]