Manila to Bangkok

Jacked in at the Manila International Airport, waiting for my Air Philippines plane arrive to take me from Manila to Bangkok. Wow, Manila is a shithole. I planned my flight from Japan to Thailand so I’d have a night layover here just to see what the city is like. Got a cheap hostel downtown (the […]

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Shibuya!

And of course a trip to Tokyo would not be complete without some play time in Shibuya! Mariko and I went clubbing at the Atom club in Shibuya. Atom is an electronic music club, fairly decent DJs, but it was a total sausage fest, I’d say the ration of guys to girls was about 1:20 […]

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Hike to Mt. Fuji

I could have taken the bus there, but this rather quite road was begging to be walked and it was only 7km to Lake Ashi and a view of Mt. Fuji. Of course I needed some energy first, and my absolutely favorite lunch spot here was right on the way. Mmm smoked salmon pizza! I […]

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Hakone Onsen

Had my first onsen today, and though it was at first a little intimidating, I very much enjoyed it. There were only two older gentlemen frequenting the tub at the same time, so it was a nice and easy way to ease into my first onsen experience. So it’s made abundantly clear that absolutely no […]

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Kamakura holiday from Tokyo

For the first week I didn’t really notice it, but after 10 days in Tokyo it was becoming more apparent that the closeness of everything between high-rises, in the elevator, underground, on the train, sleeping in a box, and the shear number of people around me at all times, everywhere I went was starting to […]

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Tokyo: Zen City, Claustrophobic City

Tokyo: Zen City Despite being the largest city in the world, I have felt completely at ease (excepting an increasingly frequent claustrophobic feeling) everywhere I have been thus far. Most everyone is audaciously welcoming, friendly, and polite. The streets are absolutely safe and it seems almost unthinkable that anyone would steal anything – bicycles are […]

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Asakusa, Japan

Asakusa is more of a historical part of Tokyo with many shrines and temples located around Sensoji square. I was surprised by how few vehicles were on the streets; the side streets of Asakusa were virtually free of cars with the only traffic being bicycles and pedestrians. It makes sense though, with space at a […]

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Senso-ji Temple

I finally know what it must feel like to be a morning person. Because I’m still on N.A. time, I willingly was up, showered, and shaved by 6am. Had a fabulous breakfast of spicy grilled beef and raw egg on rice with miso soup at a small diner. It took the cook a couple tries […]

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Washlet – Extreme Culture Shock

WOW! Just wow. For some reason I had pictured Tokyo in my mind as perhaps being a rather drab city in the winter. Nope. Most everything I lay my eyes on is new, novel, extremely interesting and, mostly, vividly coloured! I eventually decided to just leave my camera in pocket because nearly everything I encountered […]

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