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

2019.11.29
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
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

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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