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Hokkaido flower field cover

For some odd reason, I keep ending up in bloody Hokkaido, Japan’s most northern island. It happens to have the lowest population density and one of the least visited by tourists (sans an influx of Chinese visitors, drawn here by Chinese Hollywood. To say the least, it's creating some tension). Yet here I am once again. Two years ago Read More

Daibutsu trail Kamakura Japan

One of the reasons why I’m so infatuated with Tokyo is that you can experience a lot of what Japan has to offer within close proximity of the city. Thus, a quick one-hour jaunt to Kamakura. Once Japan’s feudal capital, this touristy hub boasts temples and sites that seemingly rival distant Kyoto. These sites include Read More

Tokyo booze cruise cover

“Whatever your choice, your summer night is bound to memorable aboard an evening Tokyo booze cruise…” It’s officially summer, and in Japan, this means the inevitable rainy season followed by months of pit stains and locals constantly remarking about how hot it is. But another, more welcoming custom of summer are the throngs of both Read More

Tokyo coffee cover

I’m tickled to be home. And by home, I mean my adult home of Tokyo. Naturally, the prospect of seeing friends and students is lovely. As is eating my way through the city (get your eat on with this list of local Tokyo restaurants). But in the midst of leading a group of hyperactive high Read More

Activity guide Japan front cover

As evident in my Local’s Activity Guide to Tokyo, I have spent much of my time in Japan suffering perpetual ADD and thus, seeking oddball adventures. Even as a newbie to the country at 22 years of age, most of my weekends included escapes beyond little Harima-cho. So as a follow-up to that last one, here comes "Japan Activity Guide." Now Read More

Tokyo activity guide local

Skytree/ Tokyo Tower. Harajuku girls. Conveyor belt sushi. Sumo. Robot restaurant. Have I summed up your Tokyo bucket list? Maybe it’s time to step out of the box and put down that Lonely Planet for a slightly more unique Tokyo activity guide. Writing for Tokyo’s Metropolis magazine as a Tokyo resident, I was constantly in need Read More