Is Japan One of Your Places To Love?


Are you ready to visit Japan?

I loved visiting Okinawa, Osaka and Kyoto when I traveled there by cruise ship. I cannot wait to return.

Have you planned your trip yet? What do you want to see?

We were the first people on the Dolby Stage since the Oscars!

Mr. Akira Chiba, the Honorable Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, welcomed us to this incredible gathering and to the opening of Japan House. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Will we see you there?

Samantha Brown shared her travel philosophy. Brown said we want to go places where we belong and that feel authentic. Her advice was do not spend all your time in the past at monuments and cathedrals. She said get out, go for a walk and see every day life. She recommends you create your own daily travel ritual. It could be having a coffee at the same cafe each day or taking time to write in your journal with a glass of wine in the same bar each night. Make sure you find ways to connect with locals and be social. Brown said to “Go for comma; not the exclamation point.” The point is to enjoy where you are and not be in a rush to be somewhere else. Brown asked us, “Why is travel important?” She answered: “It is one of the few ways to mark a fresh start. We are all on a journey to be better.”

Is Japan One of Your "Places To Love?" Frank Buckley KTLA

Lisa Niver and KTLA’s Frank Buckey at the Dolby Theater March 12, 2018

The event was moderated by KTLA’s Frank Buckley who shared about Japanese heritage, his love for Japan and his recent trip there with his family.

There was a traditional Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) or opening of the sake barrel. This ceremony happens to celebrate an event and the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet.

Amy and I enjoyed all the festivities and

being on stage at the Dolby Theater!

Thank you to JNTO for a wonderful night of learning

about Japan and the new Japan House.

Japan House is a project which aims to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community, by creating a number of hubs from which to showcase and communicate Japan as a country of countless charms, able to enrich the rest of the world. These hubs, located in major global cities, are designed to function as platforms for people with passion and with talent who have been inspired to use JAPAN HOUSE to articulate, express, and reveal their experiences and interpretations of Japan. JAPAN HOUSE operates three such hubs, in London, Los Angeles, and Sao Paolo. 

The inaugural exhibit, ANREALAGE: A LIGHT UN LIGHT, at Japan House was an incredible display of style, light and full of fashion.

Are you ready to travel to Japan?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

*Art and Culture trip with EXO Travel


*Private Luxury Tour of the Contemporary Art of Japan with Artisans of Leisure


*Relax in Okinawa on Crystal-Clear Seas & White Sands with Boutique JTB

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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