The Beginner's Guide to Japan

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The Beginner's Guide to Japan
A Beginner's Guide to Life in Japan
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  • Dragons, Trees and Pirate Ships 3 weeks ago Some 700m above sea level, Ashinoko (literally, the reedy lake) is the home of many a shrine, onsen and one particular nine-headed dragon. Oh, and the confluence of three tectonic plates just for good measure. It's also home to one of the check points on the Tokaido where the heads of unfortunate...
  • The silver lining of being lost in a foreign language 4 months ago That language gap can sometimes be hilarious, and other times catastrophic. When I first landed in Japan, speaking nothing of the native tongue, I remember having lunch and taking the wonderful waitress outside the store to point at the plastic bowl in the window I would like to order. She smiled,...
  • The Cranes of Tokyo 5 months ago Seeking to gain the affections of a talented young singer / songwriter, Yoko Ono slipped John Lennon a note on which there was written a single word. The note said "Breathe". And the rest was a little piece of history. And this concept is why breathe is my favorite word in the English language....
  • The rarity of a Skylark 6 months ago Great picture but seriously, don't try this at home!A rare, reverse arc, typhoon, Jongdari (Skylark in Korean (Asia takes turns at naming them if you were ¬†wondering)) made landfall overnight on 29 July 2018. Typically typhoons will arrive from the southwest, often crossing the southern province...
  • The Greatest Show on Earth 7 months ago Tokyo, as a global metropolis, is something to be experienced. There's genuinely little to see, an afternoon on a tour bus will cover most of the sights (caveat; the architecture is avant guard and spectacular, just visit the Prada building on Omote Sando) but that isn't the point of the city....

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