2017 was a year of new experiences and surprises. I visited 10 countries (seven of which were in Asia and almost all new to me). I started off in Ecuador “doing shaman things”, and ended up house-sitting in Japan, chilling in Bali, going crazy in India, and 10 countries later, finishing up in Thailand.
Japan was on my list of places to visit long before I ever started traveling full-time. But I waited patiently for the right opportunity, which came to me in 2017 in the form of a two month house-sitting gig near Tokyo. It was everything I could have hoped for from Japan - and more.
Feed your inner voyeur and watch this funny video blow-by-blow of a day in the life of me house-sitting in Tokyo. Also, a huge summary of my 7 weeks in Tokyo Japan.
Before I knew what was happening, I was in a kimono doing raunchy dance moves with thousands of people, in Tokyo Japan. Welcome to New Bon Odori!
My day on Mount Takao near Tokyo Japan started off delightfully, and ended miserably. Don’t do what I did. Here’s what NOT to do on Mount Takao!
Why on earth would I go to the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo? Because Anthony Bourdain told me to. And quite frankly, he wasn’t wrong. I’m still laughing!
Owl cafes in Tokyo: I came, I saw, and I’m unsure whether they’re cool. Here’s the good and the bad, along with some food for thought about animal captivity.
Here are 16 random observations about Tokyo, along with some survival tips should you decide to visit or live this large and contrasting city.
I met a friend to go to an okonomiyaki restaurant that was recommended. Good thing the journey is the destination, cuz it took us an hour to find the place!
Shopping in foreign countries is the best sneak peek into the local culture. Join me while I go shopping in Tokyo to a department store and supermarket!
I’ve had a “crisis of dislike” with Japan – which has quite taken me by surprise. But it has amounted to these reasons why I could never live in Japan.
Akihabara in Tokyo is where things like anime, manga, maid cafes, and all things otaku are sacrament. I found it a disturbing insight into Japanese society.
Find out why Tsukiji Fish Market is a must-see Tokyo destination, and learn the best way to do it. Then, watch me stroll the market in this week’s vlog!
I’ve been looking at intercultural love in Japan; how relationships are formed, and what keeps them together…or not. It’s very different for men vs women.
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, I met up with a friend who lives here and turned on the camera so he could tell me what life in Japan is really like.
Harmonica Alley in the Kichijoji area of Tokyo is combines old-world Japan with a modern cosmopolitain feel. Well worth a visit! Here’s more info and video.
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, I jumped into the deep end by visiting Shibuya crossing: the world’s busiest intersection and an iconic Tokyo experience.
This post was originally published in 2008. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Sadly, on this trip our exposure to Japan was limited to the Tokyo airport. But we milked everything we could out of the experience, as you may have guessed. As we got of the plane (a welcome […]