New in 2020: Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura

I recently went to Kamakura for the first time and as my sightseeing would be spread out, I wanted a hotel close to Kamakura Station. Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura just opened in April 2020, and it is gorgeous. They went with a really open, wooden, organic design which feels clean and relaxing. This hotel is justContinue reading “New in 2020: Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura”

4 Recommended Japanese Novels

Everybody knows Haruki Murakami, and for good reason. He is a good gateway to Japanese novels, but he doesn’t have to be your only destination! I would like to recommend two modern Japanese novelists today, Shuichi Yoshida, and Yoko Ogawa. They are very different writers, but they are both writing about isolation and its effectsContinue reading “4 Recommended Japanese Novels”

From Street Eats to Gourmet – The Delicious Food Culture in Nakano

I love Japanese food, and when it comes to Tokyo – every neighborhood does it differently. I did this article for Taiken about my favorite food in Nakano. Ramen? Naturally. Sushi and Sashimi? You bet! Click on the button to read it at the source (Taiken has a lot of great articles about travel inContinue reading “From Street Eats to Gourmet – The Delicious Food Culture in Nakano”

How I got a Job Teaching in Japan

Back in 2015, I was a recent college grad who was having a hard time finding a job in the industry of my choice (as a writer or editor). I was also shocked by the rents in NYC, and not sure how I was ever going to move out of my parents’ house. Things lookedContinue reading “How I got a Job Teaching in Japan”

Night Walks in Nakano: A Tokyo Photoblog

There is nothing quite like Tokyo seen at night. I think most people associate that with images of glittering metropolitan centers such Shinjuku and Shibuya. But my favorite places for a night walk in Tokyo are narrow alleys brimming with Izakaya and street food. Something about the lanterns with their colorful lights, the mouthwatering smellsContinue reading “Night Walks in Nakano: A Tokyo Photoblog”

A Harajuku Haircut and an Empty Takeshita Street

Due to the Covid-19 state of emergency it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Harajuku, and in just a few months many things have changed. I went through the new station building for the first time this morning, and I just thought, when did this get here?? I felt a rush of nostalgiaContinue reading “A Harajuku Haircut and an Empty Takeshita Street”

A Tokyo Shopping Trip: Water Goddesses and Green Tea Lattes in Kichijoji

I had some shopping to do yesterday so I was debating between Tokyo Station and Kichijoji. Due to the Covid-19 situation I opted for Kichijoji because I thought it would be a little less busy, and therefore easier to adhere to social distancing. I made four main stops: Inokashira Park (for fresh air and enjoyingContinue reading “A Tokyo Shopping Trip: Water Goddesses and Green Tea Lattes in Kichijoji”

The Forgotten City between Kyoto and Tokyo: Nagoya

I won’t lie, Nagoya was voted the most boring city in Japan quite a few times, but don’t let that discourage you! It’s the home of Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Jingu: which is the resting place of one of Japan’s scared treasures – the Kusanagi no Tsurugi, a legendary sword. Nagoya Station itself is anContinue reading “The Forgotten City between Kyoto and Tokyo: Nagoya”

Japan Adventures: Staying Overnight at a Temple

Back in 2016 I learned that it was possible, at a few locations, to stay the night at a Buddhist Temple. This kind of temple lodging, called a Shukubo, was traditionally reserved for pilgrims but these days all are welcome to stay and take part in temple life. As I was already planning to goContinue reading “Japan Adventures: Staying Overnight at a Temple”

Keeping Sane in Self-Quarantine: Let’s Talk Video Games

Video Games have always been a great escape for me. Books, music, and video games – these are the things that allow my brain to shut down and take part in some other (ideally nicer) universe. So I wanted to talk about what has been keeping me sane while I’m stuck at home as theContinue reading “Keeping Sane in Self-Quarantine: Let’s Talk Video Games”