Is it 1957 or 2017?

You’ve heard it before, “Japan is the most advanced country in the world! Their technology is beyond anything in the US!” Well that may be right – in the middle of Tokyo, but if you go anywhere else in the country, you’re in for a big surprise. Say you land in Tokyo after a long…

A Snowy Spring Hike in Japan

Imagine this. It’s early spring in Japan. The flower trees are starting to get their first buds, everything is beginning to turn green again, and the best part – the weather is absolutely amazing! It’s the weekend and you’re just sitting down with a warm coffee and your old, well-worn copy of Jane Eyre, when…

One Tall Lady

Did you know that the “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Brazil (one of the modern seven wonders of the world,) towers over the city of Rio De Janeiro at a ridiculous 124 ft? You did? Well did you know that there is a famous Buddhist statue in Takasaki, Japan that is even taller? Who would’ve…

Farm Bound

June 24, 2016     Today was my first full day in Japan! Still jet-lagged, I woke up around 3:30am Japan time and wandered into Sapporo city looking for something to eat. I fell asleep last night just after getting to the hotel, and my last meal had been on the plane from Taipei to…

The Taxi Incident

June 23, 2016 This afternoon I flew into the Sapporo airport from Taipei, Taiwan. When I arrived at the airport, I was suddenly surrounded by Japanese. I studied Japanese on and off for about ten years, but I still found myself completely unable to communicate with the people around me. When I got off the plane,…