Tag Archives: Japan

Revisiting Ramen

A few days before my trip came to an end, my friend returned home to relieve me of my pet sitting duties.  We exchanged news, catching each other up on the going ons in Hawaii and Japan, respectively.  She was … Continue reading

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Another Wave

It was Thursday, March 10, 2011. I wasn’t really keeping my eye on Twitter, busy with other things. Chatting with my friends. Filling out forms for my summer study abroad in Kobe. Oh, Japan. My stomach still churns to think … Continue reading

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Ringing in the New Year (with a very big bell)

Like a budding time traveler, I entered 2011 a day before my friends in America. I counted down the seconds in a strange place among strangers. This is how it is for me. It was evening when I arrived in … Continue reading

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Tokyo Q&A

My trip to Japan was my first time traveling out of the country. I traveled four thousand miles alone to a place where I did not speak the language. People told me I was crazy.  I had the time of … Continue reading

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Reflection in Ueno

The day before I was set to fly out of Tokyo, a FedEx plane crashed at Narita International Airport, killing both pilots and closing the main runway. It’s hard to stay current with news when you’re on vacation; I didn’t … Continue reading

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Shibuya and New Koyo

After our whirlwind of museums, dining and shopping, my friends and I parted ways; they set off for Kyoto, while I remained in Tokyo. I had enjoyed their company, but now it was time to relax and go at my … Continue reading

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Porn Shops and Internet Cafes

For the most part I found Tokyo efficient and easy to navigate, but on the rare occasions that I did get lost, it was usually in a magnificent way. One such incident happened while my friends and I were making … Continue reading

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