Back in the fall of 2002, the English dub of Spirited Away released in America. My mom was a bit of a movie nerd and so anything that critics were raving about (usually hipster crap like Lost in Translation) found its way to our TV with lightning speed.
I remember her telling me about this great […]
Just an hour train ride from Tokyo lies a not-so-secret escape: Mount Takao, the most visited mountain on Earth, and a welcome hiatus from the hectic pace of city life.
The mountain sits exactly 599 meters above sea level, or nearly 2,000 ft. The summit is accessible from six different trails of varying difficulties, and all start […]
In no place are you more likely to hear the travel cliché of “old meets new” than in Tokyo, a city where timeworn shrines neighbor shopping complexes on every street. But how did a place like this come to exist? Joel and I recently took a trip to the Edo-Tokyo Museum to investigate.
You Mean That […]
Even at 3 am, Tsukiji Market is electric. Turret trucks zip in and out of alleys like Mario Kart racers. Workers shuffle between shops, preparing for the day ahead. It’s the kind of place that engages all the senses in one fell swoop: the smell of freshly sliced tuna, the sound of scooters whizzing by, […]
おはよう from Tokyo!
We’ve officially arrived in Japan: jet-lagged, sweaty, and already in love. So far the weather hasn’t been as bad as I expected—I was picturing soul-crushing humidity, and have instead been pleasantly surprised with a mildly choking summer heat.
Our flight landed safely at 3 pm on Wednesday. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you […]