THE KAERU KID: Northwest USA road trip, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. On our way south on Interstate 93 a sign for the National Bison Range Visitor Center lured us in for a short stop. A tour to see the herd takes one and-a-half to two hours because it is via a one-way road and once started must be […]

THE KAERU KID: A most righteous town

I wrote about an Affordable Travel Club host couple who asked me about my concentration camp experience during World War II in the Dec. 4, 2014 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly: “While we were getting acquainted, they told me about a Japanese American family in Washington state that was not imprisoned in a concentration […]

THE KAERU KID: Pollywog goes to Hawai‘i

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” —Marcel Proust One of the downsides of traveling to so many different locations is that it becomes difficult to be impressed as one remembers a similar place that somehow was more unique. It is hard to empathize with Louis […]

An Asian American family’s first trip to Japan

Packed with suitcases within suitcases, the Toyota Highlander swung into San Jose’s Mineta Airport while the Japanese phrases ran through my head. “Nihongo ga dekimasu ka? Wakarimasen.” Do you speak Japanese? I don’t understand. I was ready! That exhausted my Japanese vocabulary, except for a wide selection of food essentials like mochi, senbei and manju. […]

THE KAERU KID: Yosemite firefall

Older readers may remember seeing bonfire embers pushed off the cliffs in Yosemite at night, producing a glowing firefall like a waterfall.  It started early in the last century and continued until 1968, when it was terminated by the National Park Service director because it was an artificial phenomenon that attracted huge crowds, resulting in damage to areas where people […]

THE KAERU KID: Discover treasures just southwest of Las Vegas

A smooth two-and-a-half hour drive from Las Vegas to Lake Havasu City in Arizona ended with a two night stay at an Affordable Travel Club member’s home. Twenty dollars a night for two people, including breakfast and, best of all, meeting local friendly hosts who can provide insight into the area that one might not […]

THE KAERU KID: On the silk road in Uzbekistan

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth part of a series. I have had the most exciting discoveries many times when it was least expected. On the other hand, many places that I’ve looked forward to visiting and read about extensively were disappointing because I had built up an image that was difficult to achieve in person. Uzbekistan […]

Japanese Canadian WWII ‘ghost towns’: An Asian American family’s eye-opening visit to West Canada

Famous American author and humorist Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” An awareness-raising and fun […]

THE KAERU KID: Iran and the Persian Empire

Editor’s Note: This is the third part of a series. We spent our last full day in Isfahan at the World Heritage Site Imam Square, the second largest square after Tiananmen in Beijing. This square is vastly more attractive, with grass, fountains, adjoining palaces, several mosques and enclosed bazaar shopping lanes. Shah Abbas chose Isfahan […]

THE KAERU KID: Iran and the Persian Empire

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a series. On the second day, we visited the late shah’s palace high in the foothills of North Tehran in the high rent district where it is cool and above the smog. The complex has been made into a museum for the public. From there, we returned […]

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