Top 5 Photos of 2016

It's taken me awhile to get around to this post and not just because I was waiting until I returned from my latest trip to Japan. If you've ever gone through reverse culture shock, you know it can be rather insidious. Things feel overwhelming, then they settle down, then they overwhelm you, and the roller... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Photos of 2015

It's the end of 2015 and in a few hours, the year will wrap up and roll over into another one. Such is the way of time, and there's no stopping it. (Much as I want to. Can we roll back to autumn? 🙂 ) This year has ZOOMED, more so for the fact that... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Hidden Tokyo Foliage Spots

Tokyo may not be as popular a destination as Kyoto for its autumn colors, but the city's trees do deck themselves out in some pretty striking colors from mid-November to mid-December. Ask any Tokyoite where to go however, and the answers remain mostly the same: the ginkgo avenue near Jingu Gaien, the traditional garden of... Continue Reading →

Top 25 Experiences in Japan

How does one type a trumpet fanfare? Dun dun dun daaaaaaaaaaa, dun dun da dun dun daaaaaaaaaaaa. Hmmm, perhaps not. 😛 Why the celebration? Glad you asked. 😀 After over three years of blogging, I have arrived at the milestone 500th post! I reflected quite a bit about how best to mark the occasion. I... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Samurai Neighborhoods

Want to get a feel for Japan's feudal past? Wander any one of the samurai quarters scattered about the country to get a taste of how the warrior class lived. While much of Japan's medieval architecture is gone, several cities and towns still manage to preserve their historic neighborhoods. Below are some of my top... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Unique Bridges in Japan

Japan is full of interesting architecture but some of the most creative designs can be seen in its bridges. Here are just a few of the more interesting structures I have stumbled across in recent months: 1. Kazurabashi (Iya Valley, Tokushima) Not all bridges in Japan are made of wood or steel. The swaying conduits of... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Japanese Bakery Treats

You wouldn't think that Japan would be a country for great bread, given its preference for rice over any other starch. And yet the bakeries here regularly turn out excellent confections, from chocolate croissants to sugared toast. Here are some of the usual suspects you'll find at the local bakery, some of which have a uniquely... Continue Reading →

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