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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

2019.04.26
5 Tokyo Limited Express Trains for Going Off the Beaten Track
If you have been to all the sights outlined in the previous article on Limited Express trains running from Tokyo, then this article is for you. Here a
2019.04.19
Five Limited Express Trains for Exploring Areas Outside Tokyo
Did you know that the Shinkansen isn’t the only way to reach areas outside Tokyo quickly and comfortably? Limited Express trains can sometimes be the
2019.03.18
Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street by Night
Why visit Sensoji and its shopping street at night? It may seem counterintuitive but you’ll be surprised how different the area looks once darkness fa
2019.03.08
Three Tokyo Restaurants that my Parents Loved
If you’ve been living in Japan for some time, you may be faced with the following issue: where to take visiting family members out for meals? Although
2019.02.15
How to Order Sake - Know the Measurements
Have you ever been asked in a restaurant whether you wanted a “shaku” or “ichigo”? Have you ever worried about getting too much (or too little) to dri
2019.02.07
Island Burgers in Shinjuku: It all Started with a Palm-Tree Pick
“Why did you choose the name Island Burgers?” I asked the store manager “When you stick the palm-tree pick on top of the bun, it looks like an island
2019.02.01
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park: Nature and Hiking at Tokyo’s Doorstep
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, located just West of Tokyo, is a vast recreational area for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Although hiking is
2019.01.23
Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku: Co-Creating New Styles of Beer
The craft beer market is booming in Japan right now, and there are a multitude of craft beer bars to choose from in Tokyo, serving both local and over
2019.01.11
Kanae, an Arakicho Izakaya where Wishes can Come True
“So has your wish come true?” I asked Yoko, the owner of Kanae ”Well, partly” she admitted “I had wished to open my own place so that part has come tr
2019.01.09
Mission Shopping: Buying Stuff in Japan for Friends Back Home
I was talking with a friend visiting Japan about her travel plans, when she said that one day was reserved for “mission shopping”. “Mission shopping?”
2018.12.27
3 Mountain Lodges for New Year’s Eve and the First Sunrise of 2019
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
2018.12.20
Mugi no Hana (New 2018) Traditional Ramen in Shinjuku
If you’re exploring Tokyo alone and feeling hungry, a hot bowl of ramen is probably your best choice for a satisfying meal. One of the most highly ran
2018.12.14
Doromamire Izakaya in Shinjuku: Yakitori, Sake and Veggies
There are so many izakayas in Tokyo, that to stand out, having a memorable name and a clear concept are absolute musts. Doromamire, a name sounding li
2018.11.26
Cycling in Takahama, Along Fields and the Seashore
Thinking of the countryside I imagine cycling along narrow paths through fields. In Takahama, in Western Fukui just North of Kyoto, you can combine th
2018.11.23
Mt Aoba - Takahama’s Highest Viewpoint
A hike up Mt Aoba offers refreshing nature, breathtaking views, and some thrilling climbing sections between its two peaks. If you’re itching to do an

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2018.12.27
3 Mountain Lodges for New Year’s Eve and the First Sunrise of 2019
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