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”

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”

How to Order Sushi in Japanese

As a native New Yorker, I thought I knew all about sushi. After all, I had enjoyed California rolls and Dragon rolls in a number of restaurants throughout NYC. But the thing is, if you go to a proper sushi restaurant in Japan and try to order a Dragon roll, they really won’t know whatContinue reading “How to Order Sushi in Japanese”

Tokyo Neighborhood Spotlight: Kichijoji

Tokyo is an interesting place. Any neighborhood you visit feels like its own private realm, with its own architecture, fashion, types of shops and cafes, and people. One of my favorite places to walk around in Tokyo is Kichijoji – just next to Mitaka which is known for the Ghibli Museum. Ride a Swan BoatContinue reading “Tokyo Neighborhood Spotlight: Kichijoji”

Taking an Airplane with a Baby

I first decided to fly back to New York to visit my family and plan my upcoming wedding there when my son was only about six months old. When I checked for people’s experiences online about flying with children, most of them seemed oddly confident about it, and assured me that 6 months old isContinue reading “Taking an Airplane with a Baby”

Tokyo’s Lucky Cat Temple: Gotokuji

Tokyo has a lot of famous temples and shrines. Sensoji in Asakusa, with it’s lively shopping street, or Meiji Jingu, neighboring lively Harajuku. These are all great places to visit but personally, especially after living here for a while, I like to visit smaller places with unique characteristics. Gotokuji Temple, also known as the luckyContinue reading “Tokyo’s Lucky Cat Temple: Gotokuji”

Tokyo in the time of Coronavirus

…Is not so different from usual Tokyo. I had to take the train to a doctor’s visit today and was surprised to find it more crowded than usual for off-peak. We weren’t completely sardines, but we were standing closer than we should be during a pandemic. It might be my imagination but the atmosphere however,Continue reading “Tokyo in the time of Coronavirus”