Konnichiwa! Welcome to Uncovering Japan, the official blog of Uncover Japan, LLC. That’s my travel “business” – I design and prepare itineraries for people coming to Japan, whether they’re here for two days, two weeks or two months. You might have found your way here via my main website or just surfed aboard by googling all things Japan-related. No matter how you got here, I hope that you’ll take the time to stay and read awhile and get to know the Japan beyond the guidebooks.
Both Uncover Japan, LLC and the Uncovering Japan blog are a one-woman enterprise. Who is that woman, you ask? My name is Mandy Bartok – I’m a six-year resident of Japan and an accidental – though unapologetic – Japanophile. I spent my formative years in the United States and Europe and thought my professional life would involve teaching French. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Since arriving in the land of bullet trains and bento boxes, I’ve fallen head over heels in fascination with my new home. This blog and my itinerary work are merely my way of sharing some of the amazing discoveries I’ve made in this country with others.
This isn’t a personal blog, but it IS written by a person. I won’t (usually) be posting pictures of my family or my home life but I will be expressing my personal opinions. They are just that – my opinions, and mine alone. If I title a post “The Top 5 Gardens in Japan”, the gardens I pick are my personal faves. If you disagree, tell me your own opinions in a comment. Just don’t expect me to change my entry (at least until I’ve seen a place for myself! 🙂 )
I hope you enjoy these snippets of Japan. Thanks for reading!
Want to get in touch? Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to check out the Uncover Japan facebook page for fun facts, fascinating links and more beautiful photos from around Japan.