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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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