It’s no hidden secret: Japan is a country where you can easily blow $100 in a day. There’s just too much to enjoy that costs more than what we anticipate. A few drinks at Lawson or Family Mart – and I’m just talking about water, green tea and Vitamin C – and maybe a potato croquette can easily exceed JPY500. Even meals at fast food … Continue reading Wallet-friendly traveling in Japan
Who doesn’t like a good story? And who wouldn’t like a story told well?
I’m always amazed at storytellers, whether through books, plays, screens, or even audio. It’s an art that I will always appreciate.
I’ve been into social media storytelling of late. Not the kind that you read of someone else’s life in your News Feed, but using the platform to tell an actual story and painting a picture that is relevant and updated, while retaining what is classic. I remember when the Royal Shakespeare Company embarked on a Twitter version of Romeo & Juliet in 2010. The actors and actresses created their own (fictional) Twitter account, and “live-tweeted” the play as the characters over several weeks, as if an actual budding tragic romance was developing in real time. Twitter users all over the world would follow these accounts, and while not all tweets get a reply, it was still engaging enough to keep me hooked until the couple “died”.
So when a new cross-content project from Japan was released earlier this month, naturally I got excited. The project is called “Nowisee” (pronounced as “noise”. It’s not literally “Now I see”. Although who knows, this could be where the content developers want to head towards).
I didn’t know Istagram only allows up to 30 hashtags per post. The (unharvested) wasabi roots are on the left by the stream, which starts from the Azumino Alps. No, that’s not true. Azumino is the name of the town where Daio Wasabi Farm is based in. But the alps are real. And I kid you not, the water was sparkling fresh. We were barely … Continue reading Travel throwbacks (one pic per day): Daio Wasabi Farm
Clearly I took these shots while my travel buddy was driving – it would’ve been impossible to shoot anything with my hands on the wheel, wouldn’t it?
I promised an update, and here it is. I decided that it might be better to break it down by sharing some key lessons I learned while on the road.
So here you go guys – an unofficial guide to driving in Japan.
I could come up with a slew of excuses for the time I’ve been away from this website. 1. Returning from 9 glorious days driving through Nagano, Gifu and Nagoya left me literally in a state of prolonged procrastination. As if laziness wasn’t enough already. 2. The overwhelming amount of information and stories I want to share – Amazarashi’s new acoustic album due on May … Continue reading Retrieving lost things
I could have easily said something yesterday – a day that many people don’t really want to remember.
It would be awfully cliche to read about the articles that commemorated the 4th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. There’s no shortage of them. And I could have easily reposted them without a second thought of what they meant to me.
Four years – what has been done since the disaster? How are the recovery efforts? How are Tohoku’s inhabitants picking up the pieces?
But I’m not going to talk about any of them here, because to a certain extent, we all know what the answers are. And I’m not going to talk about that either.
Right off the bat, Osaka is not an inspiring place.
I don’t mean that as an insult. I probably didn’t do enough background research on the area. But when you only have 3 full days in the city, it’s hard to not feel slightly bored from the routine mall-hopping experience.
It’s even harder to plan when you’re traveling with a parent who completely relies on you for guidance but is also easily overwhelmed from the onslaught of sensory overload. Getting far was a challenge.
So I’m just gonna lay it out here that this is not a post about new experiences. This was a “revenge visit” to make up for the lacklustre time I had here when I first visited two years ago. Yes, Osaka Castle was gorgeous and that famous aquarium was somewhat impressive. But I got bored quickly enough to travel out to Hiroshima and Nara for two days during that trip.
It’s time to head to Dotonbori/Namba with a vengeance. But I’ll group my visits as places instead of timelines. Continue reading “Short getaway: Osaka”
“Sony’s fall from grace has been echoed at some other consumer companies. At Nintendo, sales fell 44% over the last three fiscal years to below the level in the year ended March 1999. A spokesman attributes the decline to the game industry’s volatility rather than any weakness in connecting with consumers.” And this is why, Nintendo, that despite producing great quality gaming technology (if this … Continue reading What’s Behind Japan’s Profit Rebound? Unsexy Companies Like Toray – WSJ
「野々村議員 政務費不正疑惑 泣き乱しながら潔白主張」を弾いてみたょ【ギター】 If you don’t know who Ryutaro Nonomura is, well now you do. After being exposed for claiming over 3 million yen in travel expenses, he had a very public meltdown on live television. Someone got smart and added some electric guitar riffs to the scene. Because you know, why not. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/) Continue reading