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Back to Reality

April 28, 2014

    I write this sitting on the plane back to New York. I am about 11 hours into a 16 hour flight, giving me ample time to reflect on the last couple weeks. What stands out to me the most is that this trip will forever hold great significance for me, as I felt… Read More ›

Sayonara Japan

My two weeks in Japan came to a close recently and I thought I would write about the experience as a whole. Japan was my first foray into Asia so I was a bit unsure of what to expect. I had high hopes though both for the culture and the food; my two favorite things to… Read More ›

Thoughts from Kyoto

I spent three days in Kyoto and really enjoyed them. It’s such a beautiful city with so much history and also so different than Tokyo. I would compare it to Boston if I had to. Kyoto is full of temples everywhere you go, supposedly over a thousand of them. The city also has very old… Read More ›

A Night to Remember in Kyoto

After struggling for the two previous nights to meet people I did not have high expectations for my last night in Kyoto. I ate dinner at an Italian restaurant and ended up have a long conversation with the man next to me who served as my interpreter. I told him about how difficult it can… Read More ›

Nikko: Buddhist Temples and a Scary Excursion

Nikko, a small town about a two-hour train ride north of Tokyo, is known mainly for its numerous Buddhist temples. It also is very near to Lake Chuzenji which beautifully set in the mountains. I decided to spend a night in Nikko, giving myself time to visit the shrines as well as spend some time… Read More ›

Baseball Game(s)

Baseball is extremely popular here in Japan so I felt it necessary to go to a game and see what it was like. My first impression is wow, this is different. What hits you first is how loud the fans are. The bleachers have their own cheering sections completely full of fans wearing team colors,… Read More ›

Bullet Train

I just took my first bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. The train can hit speeds of up to 170mph but you would never know as it is a quiet and smooth ride.


Sakura is the Japanese term for cherry blossom trees and have been part of Japanese art and culture for centuries.  Starting in the south of Japan, the cherry trees start to blossom in late March and spreads north into April. I was lucky enough to visit at the right time and was able to catch the… Read More ›

Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market has probably been my favorite sight so far in Japan. Serving as the central market for all things from the sea, the market has been used since 1923 during the Edo period. The main tourist attraction is the tuna auction. Held every morning at 5am, giant tunas (sometimes over 500 lbs!)… Read More ›


Hello from Japan! This is the first leg of a trip I will be making through Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. I arrived a couple days ago in Tokyo and I’m still getting acclimated in many ways. Time difference, food, cultural norms take getting used to, but the most difficult by far has been the… Read More ›