Things I love about Japan

I was on Japanese Ninja Warrior (Sasuke 32)

Earlier this year, I competed on the TV show Japanese Ninja Warrior, also known as Sasuke (this year was Sasuke 32). Sasuke is a 4-stage, timed obstacle course in Japan. This year, there were 89 men and 11 women (100 total). I was contestant number [...]

9 November, 2016 // 2 Comments

6 Things I love about Hot Springs in Japan (Onsen and Sento)

I love Japanese public baths. It doesn’t matter if it’s onsen (a bath house where all the water is pumped up from volcanic activity in the earth) or sento (regular boiled water with the occasional minerals added), after a stressful day [...]

23 September, 2015 // 24 Comments

Things I love about Japan: Rice Fields in the Countryside

I have a confession: I’m addicted to Japanese rice fields. Not addicted in the traditional sense, though. I haven’t ever helped plant, take care of, or harvest a rice field in Japan. I eat just as much rice as everyone else, no more no [...]

20 September, 2015 // 19 Comments

Fun at the Fukuroda Falls in Ibaraki, Japan

Recently Ryosuke and I went to Fukuroda Waterfall, aka “Japanese Niagara Falls” in Ibaraki. Oh my gosh, we’re getting tan. Hahaha.   He first told me about the waterfalls a year and a half ago (posing it as a nice day-trip [...]

6 August, 2015 // 15 Comments

11 Things I LOVE about living in the Japanese Countryside

1. It’s quiet (and the noise that does exist is very pleasant) Tokyo was… loud. And it’s a sort of “loudness” that exists in cities because of the sheer number of people/things crammed into a very small space. Trains, [...]

29 March, 2015 // 18 Comments

Weird Japanese Drinks: Shizuoka Green Tea Cola

Recently Ryosuke came home with a can of Shizuoka Green Tea Cola. He found it on a business trip up in Shizuoka. It looked like this: It’s a carbonated beverage that tasted suspiciously like a cross between Melon Soda and Inca Cola (a famous [...]

27 February, 2015 // 11 Comments

Things I Love about Japan: Japanese Bakeries (and Cake Shops)

In my experience, foreigners have one of two reactions (physically at least) to spending an extended period of time in Japan: gaining or losing a fair amount of weight. After all, the Japanese diet of rice and noodles effects everyone differently. [...]

15 October, 2014 // 27 Comments

A day at a Rabbit Café in Akihabara, Japan

A rabbit cafe is a place where you pay by the hour to drink coffee and play with various types of rabbits. However, before I can explain the significance of a “rabbit cafe,” I have to explain why (unlike “cat cafes”) rabbit [...]

10 July, 2014 // 28 Comments

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