The Art of Shinrin-yoku Also Known As Forest Bathing

In a fast-paced world, we often forget the healing power of nature. Amid the concrete jungles and digital distractions, there’s an ancient Japanese practice that reconnects us with the natural world, Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. Join me on a journey as we explore the tranquility and rejuvenation this practice offers. What is Shinrin-yoku? Shinrin-yoku, whichContinue reading “The Art of Shinrin-yoku Also Known As Forest Bathing”

My First-Ever Private Onsen Experience in Fukudaya Hotel

My first-ever private onsen experience transpired only this Spring. We had a hectic winter months, working outside, standing until the late hours of the night in the freezing temperature. As a reward, my husband booked a room with an onsen in it. It was in the middle of the Golden Week holiday so the price was doubled. But we couldn’t care less as it was a much-needed respite.


To immerse in one of the most popular cultures in Japan, which is the ‘onsen’ aka bathing in a hot spring, one must abide by the bathing etiquette. There are strict rules one must pay attention to. The two most important and common rules are to strip into your birthday suit, and tattoos are taboo.