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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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