For us moms, a vacation is very necessary, but many of us don’t have the time, money, nor childcare resources to physically get away. So why not use our imagination and immerse ourselves in a staycation using a little creativity? It won’t cost much to mentally get away while tending to our daily responsibilities.

Recently, I have had this obsession to visit Japan ??. I long to visit the temples of Kyoto, eat sushi, and see cherry blossoms. Here’s how I created my staycation:

  1. Drink Japanese Sencha tea while looking at hashtag #Japan on Instagram
  2. Make origami with my kids
  3. Eat sushi at a local restaurant
  4. Immerse myself in a travel guide to Japan
  5. Took the subway to the Japanese Pond and Hill Garden in Brooklyn (sans kids)

At the garden, I took a leisurely walk, stared at every detail of the cherry blossom trees, found a quiet and comfortable place to sit still, and meditate. I sat peacefully, watching the sunlight flicker off the water in the pond and tickle the leaves on the trees. I felt the soft gentle breeze brush my hair. I was truly grateful for the chance to connect with nature and enjoy that perfect moment.

As moms, we often sacrifice our own sense of self and happiness to be available for others. Yet we need to take care of ourselves because we cannot give what we do not have. We need to nurture ourselves and cultivate peace within so that we can give that to our families.

It doesn’t cost much or take too much time to fulfill your needs if you use your creativity and imagination. And if you happen to live in New York City, “Japan” is only a cup of tea and subway ride away.

If you happen to live in NYC, here are some ideas for your next Japanese Staycation! One of the benefits about living in NYC is that the resources you need to create an amazing “getaway” is right in your neighborhood!


1. Check out kabuki dance, samurai martial arts, taiko drumming, and of course, cherry blossoms at peak bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri – this weekend!!

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – 150 Eastern Parkway & 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

Admission: $30 adults/$25 seniors and students/Free children under 12 and BBG members

2. Witness a “secret” Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony

Globus Washitsu

889 Broadway, NYC 10003

between 19th & 20th Street (ring Bell PHC)

by appointment only

3. Listen to a lecture by George Takei at BAM

Actor and social justice activist George Takei brings his uncanny eloquence and signature wit to BAM. Takei shares the story of his family’s forced internment during World War IIas well as his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his journey as social media mega power, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America – empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference.

Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House – 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Admission: $35 – $75

4. Try Omakase ( a meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef) at Sushi of Gari 46. You won’t be disappointed.

347 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 (Bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)


Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2:15pm


Monday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 10:45pm

Tel: 212-957-0046

5. Can you say SPAAAAHHH?! Rest and Rejuvenate at the Mandarin Oriental (ok, it’s not exclusively Japanese, but the treatments are pretty awesome!) The Thai Yoga Journey is a favorite among my friends! (Perhaps an early Mother’s Day treat for yourself?!)

“Enveloped in a haven of serenity, you quickly forget that you are in the heart of a bustling city. The Spa’s tranquil, meditative setting allows you to embark on a personalized journey toward relaxation.

The Thai Yoga Journey, a retreat in the custom-designed Thai Yoga Suite, begins with a luxurious foot ritual using authentic Thai herbal poultices. Following the foot ritual, your therapist will perform our distinctive Thai Yoga Massage, which uses stretching and compression massage techniques in a series of assisted yoga postures to encourage a free ow of energy and a more balanced meditative state. The experience continues with an herbal bath in our deep Japanese-style soaking tub, giving the body time to integrate the full effects of the massage. Your therapist will perform a cool down session with a cold compress for the forehead, scalp and face. A cool foot massage will bring the experience full circle. Enjoy a refreshing Lemongrass Cooler at the conclusion of this dynamic physical experience.”

Tel: 212-805-8880


Spa Hours: 10am – 9pm (Daily)

Enjoy your staycation!!!!