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Just Around The Corner

Japan has a completely different approach when it comes to constructing a city.  In other words, they build up rather than out.  I’m sure you can imagine that if California were to contain over 120 million people, there would be a little more thought into where to put everything.  As a result, there are some … Continue reading

Japanese Culture 101

So for two weeks straight now I’ve made it to the city organized, Japanese class.  Through the class I am able to take free lessons from volunteers who give their time to improve foreign visitors Japanese skills.  There are several levels of classes and they are all piled into two or three rooms.  I’ve visited … Continue reading

Speaking A Foreign Language

There are a number of people in the world that are capable of speaking more than one language.  However, in the U.S. it is not nearly as common or sought.  Given that English is the primary language used throughout the world, it is not seen as such a desirable skill.  Instead, people decide to focus … Continue reading

Happy New Years あけおめ

New Years eve was a bit relaxed considering the day before we met up with so many people.  In a group of about 17 people spread amongst 3 tables we decided to have fun and enjoy the last days of the year. On New Years Eve it is tradition amongst the group I was with … Continue reading

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland.  It’s funny that they call it Tokyo Disney when actually it’s located in Chiba.  Minor details anyways. Disneyland is a place where you can ride character themed rides and meet the characters in person.  Have you ever seen Mickey face to face?  Well if you have then it was probably at Disneyland, nothing … Continue reading

A Tokyo Vacation: 東京旅行

Tokyo is one of the busiest cities on the planet and is quite obviously identified as such.  Last weekend was the second time I’ve been to Tokyo in over 2 years and I had forgotten how hectic things can be.  Especially during Christmas time there is an abundance of travelers and sightseers in the city … Continue reading

Asakusa Temple: Sensouji

The temple in Asakusa consists of a variety of shops for tourists, three towering gates, a five-story pagoda, a separate shrine, and the main temple.  Originally, the temple had been built in the 600’s, but following WWII and the massive fires in Tokyo, the temple had been destroyed and rebuilt to model the original structure.  … Continue reading