How did you end up in Japan? I've loved Japan since I was a little girl. My father is an art and comic fan, so every year we would take a family vacation to San Diego to attend the International Comic Con. My father would buy and trade art there. One day, he heard of … Continue reading Land of the Rising Sun – How Did I End Up in Japan?
“The Japanese are crazy about Cherry Blossoms,” I heard it hundreds of times, it seemed like. “OK, so they’re really pretty. Yeah, pink flowers, I get it…” but I didn’t get it. My English student who worked in California once told me, “California was good, but for me..I didn’t really like it… The years went … Continue reading A time not to miss in Japan ~ The beauty of Sakura
Guys needn’t be afraid of Japan’s Valentine’s Day. No longer do men need to think of what to cook for dinner, what kind of flowers she would like, which chocolate she would most enjoy, and where to take her on February 14th! All they have to do is kindly accept chocolates from their female friends … Continue reading Chocolate Ramen and Valentine’s Day in Japan
Here I am. Drinking among the other twisted lonely drones after work; we're still in our business suits at 9pm. I'm drinking my left over ramen broth... I have an uneasy, unpleasant feeling. Usually during my travel episodes, when I find myself eating alone, I gladly welcome a conversation from a local. I miss the expected unexpectedness … Continue reading Ramen (ラーメン)
I used to live in Takadanobaba (高田馬場), a university district full of Izakayas (居酒屋) and in proximity to Korean-town, or officially called Shin-Okubo. To relax, I enjoyed walking to Shinjuku and finding new inspirations to marvel at. This day, I happened upon a Shinto Temple with a large torii at the entrance, somehow standing proudly … Continue reading The Nighttime Walk through Shinjuku
As exhilarating and exciting as Tokyo is, after some months I was yearning for some real nature. I wanted to go someplace different. I decided to head over to South-West Honshu and follow the foot-steps of the Buddhist monks before me. I would hike the Kumano Kodo trail for 2 and a half days. The … Continue reading The 1,000 year old Meditative Trail through Japan’s Less Traveled
Roppongi. The infamous district of Tokyo. The place where Japanese people don’t feel safe walking around in. The place where people tell you to watch your drink. The place where lady-boys are scattered around the bars and the place where you can easily find a women to bring to your hotel for a fee. Roppongi. … Continue reading A night job in (the) Roppongi.