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As I climb upward on that rollercoaster known as “reverse culture shock”— yay honeymoon phase!— I can’t help but consider life. Things are about to get permanent. Real permanent. I nabbed a job. We secured an apartment in downtown Boston. Future life is on our minds and for the most part— besides a work trip Read More

15 things to do in Tokyo

Welp, here I am saying sayonara to Tokyo once more. It’s been a fabulously busy month with a group of high schoolers I led here on a study abroad program. We visited a bunch of my old digs and even discovered a few new ones. I always love sharing my personal favorite spots, activities, and Read More

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

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