When I’m not producing content for my clients, I write and take photos about my life in Japan for fun and post the stories here.
LIFE IN JAPAN
AI-yah! – Will ChatGPT Soon Replace Travel Writers?
When it comes to the idea of technology crossing the blurred line into the creative fields, I am a pragmatist.
Forget Kyoto and Tokyo – The 5 Best Alternative Cities for First Time Visitors to Japan
While Kyoto chokes on tourists, countless other cities and regions of Japan that are equally charming, beautiful or historic remain virtually ignored. Here are 5 amazing cities in Japan other than Kyoto and Tokyo that are easily accessible even to first-time visitors to Japan.
The Alien Among Us
You may find yourself at peace in natural surroundings whose love for you isn’t so unrequited… but the image of Kinsaku Baru will haunt you, in a wistful way not entirely unpleasant, and it will change you.
Tea Ceremony, Rebooted
This past weekend, I finally exhaled. Well, that was the feeling anyway, as my tea ceremony teacher along with another group of teachers and students hosted a tea ceremony event at a lovely venue in Nihonbashi. When COVID struck Japan over two years ago, tea ceremony...
When You Have A Dream Job
A former friend introduced me to Craig Mod's Ridgeline, a fascinating little newsletter about Japan, long walks, and writing, in random order. I say former friend because no true friend would introduce me to such an addictive source of writing knowing the demands of...
Why You May Never Go To Kochi (Even Though You Should)
Ask many city-dwelling Japanese if they have ever visited Kochi Prefecture in the southern part of Japan's Shikoku Island, and the reaction might include a bit of teeth-sucking. 行くにのちょっと不便だねー Iku ni no chotto fuben da ne? "It's a little inconvenient to get there,...
Escape to paradise with 14 of your closest friends
Atagoya is one of those special places combining history and luxury, the product of a young entrepreneur restoring Japan’s historic kominka folk houses.
The Miracle of the Gorin Church
How the Japanese “Hidden Christians” of tiny and impoverished Gorin Village in the Goto Islands finally got the beautiful church building they prayed for.
Driving at the End of the World
This is the Iya Valley of Tokushima Prefecture, sitting at the edge of the world, sometimes just beyond it.