Winter cherry blossom

A suburb of Tokyo with lazy canals, rows of cherry blossoms, quiet streets and old buildings? In my mind’s eye, I pictured a mini-Amsterdam in Japan! However – this was still the mighty concrete jungle of Tokyo, so what we actually found in Nakameguro were high-walled, concrete stormwater channels stained green from algae. It was … More Winter cherry blossom

Pop Culture Tokyo!

During our time in Tokyo, we made sure to check out two of Tokyo’s hubs of pop culture – Akihabara for gaming, manga, and anime; and Harajuku for fashion, sweet treats and cat costumes! Akihabara Akihabara earned its nickname ‘electric town’ several decades ago when this was the place the buy all kinds of cheap … More Pop Culture Tokyo!


The coins rattled and clinked as they fell down, and with aย thunk, our Cherry Coke fell out of the bottom of the vending machine. Now, we had the energy to explore mighty Shinjuku! Shinjuku is a big economic hub in Tokyo, and a wonderful jumping off point into the neon-lit megacity madness that many people … More Shinjuku

Fudo Dori

Japan was one of most wonderful destinations we had ever been to. I always imagined two sides of Japan – ย the historical and traditional Japan of temples and geishas, against the hyper-modern cities, cartoons and robots. The really cool thing is how it all knits together to form a truly fascinating and rich culture. We … More Fudo Dori