FUN FACTS: --The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo- Tokyo Museum opened in March 1993. --The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Tokyo. --By the early 18th century, Edo had become one of the largest metropolises, with a population of about 1 million people. By the late 18th century, its own distinctive culture had flourished, and it had becomes Japans de facto ca
FUN FACTS: --Konishiki was the heaviest recorded sumo wrestler in history, carrying 287 kilograms (633 lb.) on a 184-centimeter (6’1/2″) frame. --Sumo wrestlers aren’t allowed to drive cars --Sumo referees, or gyoji, are as interesting as the wrestlers. Like the wrestlers, they enter the world of sumo at a young age (about sixteen) and remain in their profession until they retire. --In accordance with the strict rules governing their lives, sumo wrestlers aren’t even allowed
FUN FACTS: --The national geographic cites the Butchart Gardens as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. --We took a ferry from Seattle to Victoria. We booked an overnight trip through Clipper Vacations for my 27th birthday. Downtown Victoria is BEAUTIFUL. Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. It rained while we were there, however we still managed to go to a couple of stores and bars. Did I mention Canadian money is GORGEOUS?
FUN FACTS: --It was originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. --A sailor, Captain John Kidwell, is credited with founding Hawaii’s pineapple industry, importing and testing a number of varieties in the 1800s for commercial crop potential. --Pineapple is called “halakahiki” in Hawaiian and means foreign fruit. --The highlight of this trip for me was the Pineapple Garden Maze. The maz
FUN FACTS: -- The attack commenced at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday, December 7, 1941. -- The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. -- The first wave of Japanese planes struck Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. The second wave reached Pearl Harbor around 8:40 a.m. -- The Japanese fleet consisted of 353 planes. -- U.S. servicemen identified the invading planes as Japanese because of the “meatballs,” what they called the large, red circle (the Rising Sun) on the side of Japane
FUN FACTS: --Waikiki Beach draws millions of tourism to its white sands and turquoise waters each year, accounting for approximately 42 percent of the state’s tourist industry revenue, roughly $2 billion annually. --Waikiki Beach may be incredibly famous, but it is actually a series of five beaches. From Ewa to Diamond Head, these beaches include Duke Kahanamoku, Fort DeRussy, Gray’s, Waikiki and Kuhio. --Waikiki is translated to “spouting waters” in Hawaiian. --This famous b
FUN FACTS: --The cruise treated us to amazing views of Waikiki, Diamond Head and Oahu’s south shore. --My husband joined the male hula-dancing segment. HILARIOUS! I have a video for future black mailing lol.
FUNFACTS: --Nico’s Pier 38 was featured on (my guilty pleasure) Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. --A long time ago, a few western explorers came to this place and saw that it is sparkles like diamond. The sparkles came from the calcite crystal inside the crater. Because of this, they call it Diamond Head. --The original Hawaiian name is Leahi. In the Hawaiian language, Leahi means the tuna fish’s brow. --When hiking the trail, you will pass by three lookout points. To reach the
FUN FACTS: -- Dale Chihuly hasn’t blown glass since 1979. -- Inspired by a poster he had of a glassblower with cheeks puffed, he dipped a pipe into some melted stained glass and blew a bubble. From that moment, Dale Chihuly decided he wanted to pursue glassblowing. -- Weighing in at 40,000 pounds, Fiori di Como is one of Chihuly’s largest, and most popular glass sculptures. Its located at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, is made up of about 2,000 pieces of hand-blown glass an
FUN FACTS: -- Mt. Rainier stands more than 14,000 feet tall -- Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in the entire state and fifth tallest in the lower 48 states. -- The ice caves of Mt. Rainier are being studied for their similarity to conditions on planets like Mars. -- On clear days, Mount Rainier can be seen as far away as Corvallis, Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia.