Experience: Hashigo-nori (Tokyo)

While I missed the bulk of the New Years celebrations this year, thanks to a timely announcement from my good friend and comrade-in-travel Excursions Japan, I attended my first ever¬†hashigo-nori performance at Tokyo's Ikegami Honmonji Temple. Hashigo-nori is essentially a series of acrobatic contortions performed at the top of a 6-meter high bamboo ladder. The... Continue Reading →

Experience: Gion Night Walk

Just this past weekend, I braved the heat and made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for a solo adventure. I'm not really a fan of traveling Japan in the summertime but I never turn down the chance to get in a chance to visit one of my favorite cities in the world. Having so much time... Continue Reading →

Experience: Maid Cafe (Tokyo)

The past few weeks have seen a lot of visitors, a LOT of eating and a lot of exposing ourselves to new things that we don't normally do. That happened to include a visit to the Maidreamin Maid Cafe. I've never had a strong desire to visit a maid cafe but I¬†have¬†been a bit curious... Continue Reading →

Experience: Porcelain Painting in Arita

We're into August now and¬†still¬†our furniture has yet to arrive. The promised transit time of two weeks seemed feasible, if a little "too good to be true", but four weeks? From Kumamoto? Come on now. I can't take eating my meals on the tile kitchen floor any longer. It's been entirely too hot here in... Continue Reading →

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