Archive for the 'Japan' Category

How to Navigate Comiket

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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. Step 2: Book the cheapest hostel/capsule hotel still available Nothing remotely close to Tokyo Big […]

Tokyo: Round 3

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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 and Roppongi. This time I went to Tokyo with only one goal: eat non-Japanese food. […]

Summer Travel Roundup: 2014

Monday, September 15th, 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. I didn’t go to the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which is basically a glorified manga […]

Japan: Who Cares?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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 about it, nor do the brilliant stories that drew me to anime exist in Japan […]