Travel Tip – sim cards and citymapper

Travel Tip – sim cards and citymapper

In recent travels, David has caught on to getting local sim cards as soon as we arrive in a new country. When you don’t speak the language, the ability to use your phone freely helps so much in getting around, looking things up and staying connected (without...
Golden Gai, Shinjuku – Photo Essay

Golden Gai, Shinjuku – Photo Essay

The Golden Gai area of Shinjuku is close to the red light/entertainment Kabuchiko district of Shinjuku – and it’s a fascinating couple of blocks of tiny bars in tiny alleys. David took some great photos here, and we wanted to share!      ...
Japanese Konbini

Japanese Konbini

Convenience stores in Japan are totally awesome, and very different from back home in North America. You can find 7-11 and Lawson everywhere in Tokyo, and we were lucky to have a 7-11 right under our hotel (near the Tochomae station on the Oedo line). What we learned...
Travel Tip – Tokyo Subway

Travel Tip – Tokyo Subway

The transportation options in Tokyo are exceptional, but a bit complicated for the uninitiated. With 13 distinct subway lines and the JR Yamanote rail line that all criss and cross and connect across the vast city over 285 stations, you catch yourself gazing at a map...
Birthday Knives!!!

Birthday Knives!!!

What birthday gift do you get for a home cook that’s impossible to shop for? Japanese steel, of course. My wonderful wife got me a couple of knives for my birthday while we were in Japan. We were on Kappabashi Kitchen Street in Asakusa. This street is where...

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