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

2019.08.27
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
2019.06.14
Three Tokyo Ramen Restaurants Featured in Michelin Guides
If you are interested in Michelin restaurants and the Japanese dish of ramen, you’ve no doubt heard of Tsuta and Konjiki Hototogisu both places have b
2019.06.07
Okaka Shabu Shabu in Shinjuku: the Taste is All About the “Dashi”
If you’ve had shabu shabu in Japan before and are interested in trying a sophisticated take on this dish, Okaka might be the right place for you. Enjo
2019.05.30
Discover Japan's National Parks: Interview with a Picchio Eco Tour Guide
Seeing Japan’s beautiful nature should be a top priority for every visitor. The best way to do this is to drop by one of Japan’s 30 national parks. Th
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

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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