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When I’m not producing content for Japanese companies, I write and take photos about my life in Japan for fun and post the stories here.

The Vegetarian Food Culture of Kyoto

Kyoto is certainly rich in Japanese tradition and cultural history, but how well does it fare when it comes to vegetarian cuisine? I found out on a recent business trip to the old capital.

Workation – The Key to the Recovery of Japanese Tourism

Several years ago, the Japanese government coined the phrase "workation", a combination of vacation and telecommuting...

The Green Mile – A Long Road of Practicing Tea Ceremony

Each time I practice tea ceremony, I liken my practice to a wave breaking on a rocky shoreline. Eventually, the waves...

4 Personalities That Can Thrive in Tokyo

Many people in the world dream of living in Tokyo. Do you have the personality type that can thrive in Tokyo?

A Dance of Grace and Fools

The dancers are fools, everyone is a fool, so why not dance? A glimpse at Japan’s Awa Odori festival.

TRAVEL

On Becoming a Tokyo – Kyoto Commuter

As I have been in negotiations for a full-time position at a company I have been freelancing for, I have been...

The Vegetarian Food Culture of Kyoto

Kyoto is certainly rich in Japanese tradition and cultural history, but how well does it fare when it comes to vegetarian cuisine? I found out on a recent business trip to the old capital.

Workation – The Key to the Recovery of Japanese Tourism

Several years ago, the Japanese government coined the phrase "workation", a combination of vacation and telecommuting...

Finding Gohime – Connecting With Japan’s Hidden Past

Last summer on a writing assignment, I visited Okamoto Castle, “The Shining Crow”, known for its black exterior...

How To Fail At Workation

As I recently wrote about, the concept of "Workation", domestic travel in Japan for the purpose of relaxing while...

LIFE IN JAPAN

4 Personalities That Can Thrive in Tokyo

Many people in the world dream of living in Tokyo. Do you have the personality type that can thrive in Tokyo?

Workation – The Key to the Recovery of Japanese Tourism

Several years ago, the Japanese government coined the phrase "workation", a combination of vacation and telecommuting...

Papa’s Got a Brand New (Canvas) Bag

Like a nervous kindergartner on the way to his first day at school, I clutched my new bag tightly on my lap as I sat...

A Time To Grow

I road my bicycle from home to the bamboo forest, carefully avoiding the walkway along our river which on weekends has...

How To Fail At Workation

As I recently wrote about, the concept of "Workation", domestic travel in Japan for the purpose of relaxing while...

The Green Mile – A Long Road of Practicing Tea Ceremony

Each time I practice tea ceremony, I liken my practice to a wave breaking on a rocky shoreline. Eventually, the waves...

On Becoming a Tokyo – Kyoto Commuter

As I have been in negotiations for a full-time position at a company I have been freelancing for, I have been...

Disappearing In Japan

I am attracted to the old buildings in my neighborhood, particularly those with the ubiquitous vending machine...

Hello Again, 2020

Yesterday, the state of emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic was lifted in Tokyo and its surrounding area. The...
How To Fail At Workation

How To Fail At Workation

As I recently wrote about, the concept of "Workation", domestic travel in Japan for the purpose of relaxing while still being able to work remotely, is one of the concepts the Japanese government is pinning their hopes on to revive the tourism economy. Always wanting...

Papa’s Got a Brand New (Canvas) Bag

Papa’s Got a Brand New (Canvas) Bag

Like a nervous kindergartner on the way to his first day at school, I clutched my new bag tightly on my lap as I sat on the crowded train to Shinjuku. It was a day of firsts for me: the first day of face-to-face Japanese lessons at my language school since the school...

Hello Again, 2020

Hello Again, 2020

Yesterday, the state of emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic was lifted in Tokyo and its surrounding area. The state of emergency lasted 49 days from April 7th. For most of the rest of Japan, it started a week later and ended a week earlier, but regardless of...

Disappearing In Japan

Disappearing In Japan

I am attracted to the old buildings in my neighborhood, particularly those with the ubiquitous vending machine standing out front. They are a nod and a wink to the days of Japan's fading past. Some of the buildings are completely abandoned save the pleasant hum and...

A Time To Grow

A Time To Grow

I road my bicycle from home to the bamboo forest, carefully avoiding the walkway along our river which on weekends has become a superhighway for stir-crazy Tokyoites to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately if everyone goes to the same location to get...

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