July 3, 2012
July 16, 2012


As I prepare for my first trip to Asia in the spring of 2013, my first task will be to learn as much of the language as I can.  I want to be able to take in the beautiful sights and Japanese culture, but I also want to be able to socialize and speak to my new family.

My brother moved to Japan after graduating from college in 2005 to teach English at a private school in Nagai – and 7 years later he is still in Japan and happily married. Though he is already “officially” married, on April 8, 2013 he will share his wedding day with his family from the states and his family in Japan. The wedding will take place in Inuyama City, which is just north of Nagoya – where my brother and his bride currently live. Inuyama City is the home of Inuyama Castle, a national treasure with the oldest original castle tower in existence in Japan.  It was built in the late 16th century and stands at the center of the city, which still retains the atmosphere of an old castle town.

This trip means the world to me for a few reasons, mainly because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel abroad with my family to celebrate such an incredible event but also because before I entered the travel industry, I was in the wedding & event industry – so being able to help plan a traditional Japanese wedding is something I am honored and super excited to do!