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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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