• Travelogues
  • An American’s Reflections on Spending Chinese New Year in China

    Chinese Home Front Gate

    Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year in China? It’s a heck of a lot different than celebrating it back in the States, that’s for sure. The eating, the drinking, the mahjong, and the fireworks all make for an unforgettable experience for the uninitiated Westerner. This travelogue is all about spending the Lunar New Year in the Middle Kingdom as the white elephant in the room.

  • Rants
  • 10 Things I Won’t Miss about Japan When I’m Gone

    If there’s one country in Asia that most Westerners unanimously shower with praise, it’s got to be Japan. But does the isolated island country really deserve so much credit? This blogger certainly doesn’t think so. Read more to find out which ten aspects of Japan I found the most aggravating, and hence ultimately made me leave the country much earlier than planned.

  • Praise
  • 10 Things I’ll Miss about Japan When I’m Gone

    My time in Japan has nearly reached its end. Now that I’ve lived in the country for just shy of a year and a half, I can sincerely say the industrialized country is an anomoly of Asia, where many countries are still deep in developing mode. In some ways that’s bad, yet in other ways that’s good. This article focuses on the ten things I’m going to miss the most from Japan’s better half.

  • Photo Essays
  • Photo Essay: The Life of Rice, from Sprout to Harvest

    Rice is by far the most consumed staple in the Japanese and Asian diet. As a result, someone somewhere must be growing a whole lot of rice. Look no further than Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture, where rice is grown in every nook and cranny of open field space. This photo essay explores what’s been going on over the last half year here in Ibaraki to get rice from the farm fields all the way to your dinner bowl.

  • Photo Essays
  • Photo Essay: A Stroll through My Rural Japanese Neighborhood

    Neighborhood in Kamisu

    There are countless photos and videos out there of bustling Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka, but far less often do we hear about the much overlooked Japanese countryside. If you’ve ever wondered what a typical rural Japanese neighborhood looks like, then click here and take a stroll with me through my quiet neighborhood in Kamisu, a small town in Ibaraki prefecture located roughly 70 miles east of Tokyo.