I am Canadian born, Jamaican raised, with current Japanese residence. I am proud to be blended. I write to provide a snapshot of my experiences. To share intimate moments and knowledge gained with my readers. To allow readers to feel, taste, touch, smell and hear what I do, when I do, before they do. My aim as a travel writer, is to mentally stimulate, so that there is a deeper appreciation during physical stimulation. My hobbies are dancing, creative writing, reading and modelling. However, my favourite hobby of all is living. My words seek to reflect who I am. I am..... Melicia Hewitt.
A Japanese hot spring and the bathing facility built around it, is called an onsen. Many have testified, that soaking in onsens have cured ailments, relaxed muscles, aided beautification, and matured the bonds between family and friends.
My lungs thanked me as fresh air flooded my insides. Sun rays caressed my face, and droplets of water sprayed my hair as my head strained to glimpse Sakushima. The ferry ride was approximately 25 minutes long, from Isshiki Ferry Port.
Suika スイカ is Japanese for watermelon. Wari (割り), when combined to Suika (スイカ) means splitting. Thus, the aim of this traditional Japanese game, is in the name itself: You just need to split the watermelon.
Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium (大阪海遊館) is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. It has 15 different tanks totaling over 10,000 tons of water. The biggest tank is 30 feet deep and 34 meters long. It has over 5,400 tons of water and whale sharks. Whale sharks?! Yes whale sharks.
Kobe is tourist friendly. That fact is evident, as once you've disembarked the train, you are comforted with English signs everywhere. Where signage fails to direct the path of tourists, guidance can be found at the tourist information office, where staff eagerly assists the lost.
Sakai Matsuri has taken place during the third week of October, every year since 1974. The main parade is always along Oshoji Symbol Road, and includes performances from Sakai residents of various ages.
Growing up, the word ninja always stimulated visions of humans with supernatural qualities. Humans that could scale walls, disappear into walls, and appear from ceilings. Humans that didn't seem human at all. I wanted to learn everything about them, because even if it was just for a second, I wanted to be superhuman too...
At the base of 百曲登山道 (Hyaku Magari Tosando), the ‘100 turns’ trail, there are welcoming steps. Now this trail is short, however it is steep. It can be an easy hike or a hard one depending on how you decide to accomplish the task.