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...

let’s keep the sun rising: help save japan

As I walked by Union Square in New York City on Sunday, I couldn’t help but hear the chants of “Nippon! Nippon!” and “Help...

the great east japan earthquake and tsunami one year later

Today is the one year anniversary of Japan’s devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that caused the deaths of approximately 16,000 people and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

pod living at tokyo’s haneda airport

I've stayed in a few so-called "Pod Hotels" in various cities including New York, and was always somewhat disappointed that I did not get...

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...

the hiroshima peace park and the atomic dome [vlog]

Very little remains of the city of Hiroshima from before August 6, 1945 when the world's first use of an atomic weapon changed the...

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