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 a 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 –  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