Institutionalized reverse culture shock

I’ve been bitch slapped with reverse culture shock in the last six months. And it’s not the kind you learn about in those self-help articles that I totally didn’t read. It’s the dumb, mundane ways that I continue to feel like a weirdo. Like I’m handcuffed and institutionalized to that giant chunk of my life Read More

Dining in the dark cover

"I want maple syrup and the chance to trigger my own panic attack whilst dining in the dark..." About 5 years ago when I was put into a coffin, I discovered I was sort of claustrophobic. This was in Japan—naturally—where one amusement park’s idea of scary fun was locking participants into a wooden coffin and Read More

Boston ideas cover

It’s been awhile, folks. Between moving to Boston, starting a new career field, getting married, and struggling with an adverse case of reverse culture shock, writing has taken a back seat to something akin to life. And in such new job, I spend the majority of my work day—sincerely 99% of it—staring at a computer Read More

Visiting Tokyo cover

Travelers love, love, love visiting Tokyo, Japan: home of renowned intersections, sparkling skyscrapers, dream cuisine, and so much more. However, before you go explore this city in the “Land of the Rising Sun,” it’s important to arm yourself with some local know-how. Read the following list and prepare to have the ultimate experience if you Read More

Japanese islands COVER

When most travelers imagine fleeing to one of the Japanese islands, they turn to Okinawa. Or at least to a paradise island they imagine is Okinawa— one without military bases, horrendously slow traffic, and wary locals. But as lovely as the fringe islands surrounding Okinawa are, they are distant from the mainland. Often expensive to Read More

Rabbit Island Japan cover

“On your free day, would you mind checking out Rabbit Island?” One week into my business trip to Japan and I had an objective that I was more than willing to tackle: surround myself with fluffy bunnies and report back what happened. Gladly. Seriously gladly. Rabbit Island, also known as Okunoshima, is just one Read More

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