David

David

Writer / Translator


I’ve been in Japan for over 10 years although it feels shorter because I am constantly discovering new things and new places. Sometimes it can be hard to get the full Japanese experience because of cultural differences and linguistic barriers. For that reason, I want to share what I have learned in order to enhance your experience in Japan. Having said that, figuring out stuff on your own can also be fun. In any case, I hope you can find here whatever you need in order to make your stay a success.

Articles

2020.01.07
Experience the Outdoors with Kanto Adventures
A few years ago, I got interested in winter mountaineering, so a friend of mine recommended Kanto Adventures, an outdoor experience adventure company
2019.11.29
Taste and Discover Local Chiba Sake in Matsudo City
Several times a year, the Matsudo Tourism Information Center organises a free Japanese sake tasting event featuring local sake from Chiba prefecture.
2019.11.22
6 Tips for Planning Your Hike in Japan
Autumn is probably the best time of the year to go hiking in Japan: the weather is usually clear and the leaves are beautiful. However, with a dizzyin
2019.11.18
6 Things I learned on my Visit to Tokyo’s Oshima Island
Izu-Oshima is Tokyo prefecture’s largest island and is situated about 100 kilometers directly South of the capital. I had wanted to visit there for so
2019.10.25
Seigetsu Izakaya In Kagurazaka - Sample Sake From Each Prefecture
I am always on the lookout for new places to enjoy Japanese sake in Tokyo. In August, I wrote about Genka Sakagura offering sake at cost price. This t
2019.10.18
Nonobu Izakaya in Koenji - Enjoy Seafood Direct from the Fish Market
After accompanying Tsuchida-san on one of his daily early morning shopping trips to the Toyosu Fish Market  - see Anthony’s
2019.09.30
Visit a 300-Year-Old Sake Brewery Near Tokyo
After learning that I could visit a real sake brewery near Tokyo, I was feeling pretty excited. I had only visited one sake brewery several years ago,
2019.09.27
I Joined the Flying Squirrel Tour In Karuizawa - How Was It?
Since September 16 was a national holiday, I decided to go hiking in Nagano prefecture. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t so good, so I decided to cut
2019.09.17
Thés du Japon: Let a Sommelier Help You Choose Your Japanese Tea
I first met Florent Wengue 12 years ago through a mutual friend. He had moved to Tokyo from France a few years before, and was working as a French tea
2019.08.27
Flying a Drone in Tokyo - Is It OK?
So you have a drone, or you are thinking of buying one, and you are wondering where you can fly it in Tokyo, or other places in Japan, without getting
2019.08.06
Nihonshu Genka Sakagura: Serving Sake at Cost Price Around Tokyo
If you feel unsure what sake to choose when eating out, or if you aren’t comfortable spending a lot of money on an unfamiliar drink, the sake restaura
2019.07.26
Akigawa Valley: Waterfalls, Local Food & Hot Springs in Tokyo’s Countryside
If you are looking for a short excursion outside the big city, how about going on a daytrip to the Akigawa valley? This little-known area West of Toky
2019.07.16
The Burger Shop: Try Abe & Trump’s Cheeseburger
If you are looking for a new place for lunch, and craving an American-style burger, how about trying the very special burger they created for Presiden
2019.07.02
Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps: an Interview with Wes Lang
If you still haven’t decided what to do this summer in Japan, how about a trek in the Japan Alps? With the rainy season ending soon, and hot and humid
2019.06.21
Is there a Rule to Reading Kanji or is it Totally Random?
Are you an intermediate Japanese learner struggling with reading kanji? In this article, I go over a simple but important sound change that occurs whe

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2018.12.27
3 Mountain Lodges for New Year’s Eve and the First Sunrise of the Year
Although I prefer to go on day trips, I do enjoy staying the night of December 31st in a mountain hut and taking part in the tradition of “hatsuhinode