Category: Japan

Stuff that’s not in Sendai

Sendai is the largest city between Tokyo and Sapporo. Given how much ground that covers, you’d think Sendai would be ridden with tourist traps. Quite the contrary, all the tourist spots in Sendai seemed to be geared towards the locals […]

Mountain Training: Fuji Edition

If you want to climb a mountain but don’t feel like chopping wood, fighting bears, or losing your 4G LTE coverage, Fuji is the mountain for you. With over 250,000 climbers during its summer climbing season alone, Fuji is the […]

How to Pass the Tochigi Driving Test

Passing the Tochigi Driving Test isn’t about driving skillfully or safely. It’s about nothing more or less than playing by the precise set of rules, both written and unwritten, that the examiners set. I certainly don’t know all the rules. […]

Japanese Taco Bell: Un-American

Nestled in Shibuya across from Wild One (the one that sells sex toys, not camping goods), America’s greatest fast food restaurant made its long-awaited return to Japan. Was it up to snuff? I waited on line for an hour to […]

How to Navigate Comiket

Step 1: Coincidentally walk through Akihabara two weeks before Comiket Not only will this remind you that Comiket exists, it’ll give you an opportunity to buy the Comiket catalog, which is essential if your goal isn’t to wander around cluelessly. […]

Tokyo: Round 3

The first time I was in Tokyo, I had just arrived in Japan and quickly left for the countryside without having done much exploring. The second time I was in Tokyo, I went to some crappy, overpriced bars in Shinjuku […]

Summer Travel Roundup: 2014

Kyoto Approximately 70% of Kyoto consists of temples, shrines, castles, and souvenir shops. They’re pretty cool, but if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I didn’t go to the Geisha district. They’re too family-friendly in this day and age. […]

Japan: Who Cares?

I like anime. Japan isn’t anime. Q.E.D. Like most people, I enjoy a good story. Anime has consistently delivered better stories than any other form of entertainment I’ve ever come across. That’s why I’m a fan. There’s nothing uniquely Japanese […]