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Visit the World’s Larget Fish Market Before It Changes Forever

Visit the World’s Larget Fish Market Before It Changes Forever March 1, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Fresh fish flopping on dripping trays of ice; sea bream, red snapper, and mackerel; men in knee-high galoshes loading crates of just-out-of-the-bay squid; buyers and sellers yelling in a fast clip, adjusting the world’s tuna prices as they go. This is the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market...

9 days, 4 cities and one volcano. A couchsurfer’s guide to Japan.

9 days, 4 cities and one volcano. A couchsurfer’s guide to Japan. September 7, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Japan, somewhere I’ve always quietly admired despite freely confessing an understanding of the country that was limited to clichés of high-tech gizmos, Manga, sumo and sushi, invites more curiosity than most places combined. Yet beyond these cultural cornerstones lies a Japan that oozes variety and...

Scandinavian Soot Stymies Salmon Sales

Scandinavian Soot Stymies Salmon Sales April 21, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Tokyo’s world-renowned sushi and fresh fish industries are a marvel of the modern world. Take a trip to Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market and you’ll come to understand how hawkers and dealers move over 4,000 tons of fish every day, six days a week (and usually before lunch time): efficiency,...

5 Reasons Why the iPhone Sucks in Japan

5 Reasons Why the iPhone Sucks in Japan April 8, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The Japanese people are absolutely in love with their cell phones (“keitai,” in Japanese). On the train, waiting in line, or just walking around Tokyo, the main pastime, diversion, and time-killer for your average Tokyoite will somehow involve pounding digits into their cell phone. They do everything...

Tokyo Hanami Update

Tokyo Hanami Update April 6, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Tokyo is right in the middle of its hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season, which officially opened this year on March 22nd (yes, of course there is an official date). There’s about a week left for prime viewing before the official end of the season on April 11th. For the uninitiated, hanami season...

Tokyo Cheat-Sheets: 5 Sites to Enrich Your Trip

Tokyo Cheat-Sheets: 5 Sites to Enrich Your Trip March 18, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Tokyo’s local media offer a plethora of English-language information on upcoming events, local news, and insider tips. Metropolis: Tokyo’s main English outlet for everything hot, hip, and hilarious. Sometimes irreverent, but always relevant, it should be a first-reference for...

Hidden Kichijoji: Shi for Yourself

March 18, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Anybody experienced in Tokyo’s nightlife scene is all-too aware that the city’s best spots are not easily seen on the surface. Indeed, this place often makes would-be bar hoppers feel a strong need for a sturdy pair of x-ray goggles – ones featuring excellent department store- and pachinko...

Street Japanese: Top 5 Useful Phrases

March 18, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Learning just a little bit of your destination’s local language can greatly increase the amount of pleasure you get out of your trip, and seriously decrease the amount of frustration. Here is the first installment of what I consider an essential list of Japanese words and phrases you’ll find...
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