Japan

Kawaii Culture Craze

‘Kawaii’ means ‘cute’ in Japanese and is a very useful word to know in Japan because you can use to describe practically anything and everything. As in, ‘Look at that dog in a Mickey Mouse costume! It’s so kawaii!’ Or, ‘Look at that man’s cell phone charm shaped like a hot dog! Kawaii!’ Everything here… Read More Kawaii Culture Craze

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Quick Update On My Life: Sendai, Mount Fuji and I’m Going to be in a Magazine!

Matsushima, Japan. Matsu is the name of the type of tree that grows on the islands and ‘shima’ means Island. There are dozens of little islands like these, all over the bay. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Some Good News I’ve had the last week off and spent a relaxing few days at my friend’s grandmother’s house… Read More Quick Update On My Life: Sendai, Mount Fuji and I’m Going to be in a Magazine!

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Drowning in a Sea of Humanity, or, A Typical Day in Tokyo

If ‘three’s a crowd’ then the the word ‘crowded’ doesn’t even begin to describe Tokyo and it’s 11 million inhabitants, (35 million in the greater metropolitan area). It’s fascinatingly congested, in a ‘wow, how are they going to manage to squeeze that overweight tourist and his overstuffed suitcases into this already jam-packed train?’ sort of… Read More Drowning in a Sea of Humanity, or, A Typical Day in Tokyo

Crazy Adventures, Japan

What Tokyo is like in the Summer: Time to break out the gloves and sun umbrellas!

Me at the Kasai Rinkin Koen Beach in Tokyo Like my fan? It’s tres Japanese. Summer has finally hit Japan. Hard. And I live on the first floor of a concrete apartment building that has no air conditioning. And there are only three windows in my entire apartment. So as you can probably imagine, cold… Read More What Tokyo is like in the Summer: Time to break out the gloves and sun umbrellas!