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

2019.01.11
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
2018.11.22
Eat Fugu and Live to Tell the Tale
For any foodie visiting Japan, eating fugu should be on their list of must-eat foods, since it’s next-to-impossible to have in other countries. Usuall
2018.10.15
Tsuruga Castle, the Japanese castle that Resisted Attacks for a Whole Month
One thing I enjoy doing while traveling through Japan is to visit its dozens of castles. Although quite a few are modern replicas, they are beautiful
2018.10.11
Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House [UPDATE] Shinjuku Tsukemen
A few months ago I wrote about Yotsuya Mensho Suzy House, a very unusual tsukemen, or dipping noodle, store in Shinjuku, that serves slices of lemon w
2018.10.04
Chanko Nabe Shinzan 心山 in Shinjuku - Eat like a sumo wrestler!
"I'm so hungry, I want to eat till I'm bursting! At the same time, it must taste great and not break the bank" I explained to my friend Shigenobu-san,
2018.09.28
One day in Tokyo’s secret gourmet town
“If you spent the whole day in Arakicho, Tokyo’s secret gourmet town, where would you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner?” my Tadaima Japan colleague Mis
2018.09.19
How to choose sake - check the prefecture
If you are interested in sake then it’s important to understand what factors can influence its taste. One factor is the place where it was brewed. Unt
2018.09.07
Beer, etc...Belgian Beers and More in Arakicho, Shinjuku
“If you don’t like beer, try Belgian beer” is something I often find myself saying. The main reason is that among the hundreds of different kinds of B
2018.08.31
10 Train Travel Tips to help you get around the Tokyo area
If you have found yourself perplexed and confused by the transportation system in Japan, you aren’t alone. In fact, even the Japanese themselves make

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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