why i love japanese vending machines

Among the more prominent features of each and every Japanese street I walked down were the vending machines. Whether it was next to a...

the anti-nuclear movement in japan gains momentum

In the country that has experienced what some say is the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, thousands of citizens protesting against the...

shinjuku tokyo’s golden gai

Golden Gai is a small, hidden area of Shinjuku in Tokyo only a ten minute walk from Shinjuku station. I had heard a lot...

goodbye japan, hello kitty

As I made my way to Tokyo's Narita airport for a long journey back to North America, I contemplated my time in Japan as...

the japanese yen is a dangerous currency

It is common knowledge that Tokyo is not a city for the thrifty. In fact, according to a February report from the Economist, Tokyo...

kyoto’s kinkaku, or golden pavillion

Kyoto was quite a surprise. I didn't know much about the city except that it was the location for the the UN climate change...

and you thought the glass of milk was expensive

Knowing several European languages is no help in Japan. In Osaka in particular, there is a decided lack of English speakers, even in the...

do not bring things with loathsome smell to osaka

After arriving at my hotel in Osaka's Namba neighborhood, I relaxed a while and then checked out the place in more depth. The Osaka...

koyasan and the daito, or great pagoda

Koyasan, Japan is a center of Buddhist study and practice, located in the Wakayama Prefecture at an elevation of approximately 900 meters above...

flying seoul-o: haneda to gimpo

After a night of pod living in Tokyo's Haneda airport and a few skipped heartbeats , my traveler's ADD calmed and I was at...

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