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

2018.03.11
How to choose sake
When one thinks of Japan, one thinks of Japanese sake. If you are visiting Japan, you’ll certainly want to try some and maybe even bring back a bottle
2018.02.16
Cruz Burgers, a restaurant where you can enjoy excellent burgers and good imported draft beer
Did you know that one of Tokyo’s best Burger shops is located close to Arakicho? If you want to eat something more familiar or want to have a break fr
2018.02.16
One night at the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan
The recently opened Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan is located right in the center of Tokyo. Not only does it have beautiful tatami rooms, it also has i
2018.02.10
The Shinjuku Historical Museum: a nicely arranged museum with interesting exhibits of Tokyo’s past
If you’re stuck in Tokyo on a rainy day, how about visiting a museum and learning about the history of Shinjuku? It might sound boring, but Shinjuku c
2018.01.30
Tempura dining ITOI, taste new kinds of tempura and compare sake from around Japan
If you have had tempura before you might feel you know everything you need to know about this dish introduced to Japan by the Portuguese half a millen
2018.01.24
Tonkatsu Suzushin, a restaurant where you can enjoy a great Tonkatsu in a traditional setting and friendly atmosphere
If you have a craving for Western food but feel you should eat Japanese during your trip, “Tonkatsu” とんかつ (literally pork cutlet), the Japanese versio
yotsuya oiwa inari tamiya shrine
2018.01.15
Oiwa Inari Tamiya Jinja, a shrine connected to one of Japan’s most famous ghost stories “Yotsuya Kaidan”
Japan has a tradition of ghost stories dating from the Edo period and if you’ve been here before you may have heard some of them. “Yotsuya Kaidan” or
2017.12.15
Visit the Grave of the Famous Ninja Hattori Hanzo at Sainenji in Shinjuku
Sainenji temple 西念寺 was built by Hattori Hanzo 服部半蔵 in the year 1590 in memory of the first son of his lord, the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Hattori Hanzo

Photographs

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