Manhole Monday: Yokohama

Yokohama is such an underrated city on the Japan tourist trail. Sure, if pressed for time, I'd visit Tokyo, Kyoto and somewhere in the countryside, but with an unhurried schedule, this is a great place to spend some time. But Yokohama was just a blip on the radar when Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into its... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Shimoda

I mentioned it in Friday's post, but in case you missed it, Shimoda is one of my favorite small towns in Japan. It has an adorable little canal area and a pretty decent selection of restaurants. But most importantly, it has an indelible connection to American history. Recognize this? It's one of Commodore Matthew Perry's... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Emperor Meiji

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there are two names you'll encounter nearly everywhere in your travels throughout Japan. The first was Tokugawa Ieyasu, father of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The second? Emperor Meiji, the man who became the emblem for the modernization movement in Japan. And it just so happens that tomorrow is the... Continue Reading →

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