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Reliving Japanese Customs and Culture – Part 1

Returning to my second home ... I had been living in Tokyo for 2 years on a working holiday visa until it ran out back...

Journey in Japan Part 44: The Golden Reptile

Today I head to the nearby Minowa Station and take the Hibiya Line. At Kayabacho Station a man runs out of the train as...

Journey in Japan Part 38: Parasite at the Museum

Today is a public holiday all about respecting the elderly and celebrating long life. There are fifteen different public holidays a year in Japan,...

Journey in Japan Part 36: A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness

I walk the twenty minutes to Kuramae Station. On the way I pass the Bandai Headquarters; a huge banner tells me that Tamagotchi is...

Journey in Japan Part 32: Pyrotechnics and Parade

I wake up at 5 am to the sound of a drunk man in our dormitory room. He spends fifteen minutes trying to open...

Journey in Japan Part 24: When Haricot Met Celery

I wake up at 9am and head down to the lobby for my Japanese style breakfast. The food is almost identical to yesterday. Grilled fish of...

Journey in Japan Part 20: From Deer To Eternity

Today I have a rough plan. A day trip to Nara, with a stop on the way at Uji. Last night I arranged to...

Journey in Japan Part 16: Grandiose Encounters of the Third Class

I went a few days without any Internet connection so couldn’t post anything. Here are the last three days in summary: Friday – Fukuoka Today I...

Journey in Japan Part 1: So Long, Tokyo, and Thanks for All the Fish

It is time to move on. The anticipation of spending eight hours on two different trains is something I lack. To avoid a whole day of travel I instead...