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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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