Laura Payne

Laura Payne is a world-traveling teacher, writer, photographer and tea enthusiast. No matter where she goes, she always looks for skills to learn and stories to hear.



Shinryoku Season: A Time of New Life and New Green

Learning to appreciate the little-known season that follows the cherry blossoms.

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5 Flower Parks in Shimane and Tottori

Hoping to experience some off-the-beaten-path flower viewing spots? Consider visiting these destinations in Japan’s two most rural prefectures.

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5 Books to Learn about Japanese Mythology

Fan of legends, literature or traditional culture? Check out these five classic and contemporary books to enhance your knowledge of Japanese folktales and legends.

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