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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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Paradise in Tokyo

On the third floor of a rather nondescript building in Ginza, a line of patrons snaked through the narrow hallway and all the way down the stairway, mostly young Japanese women but with a smattering of men, older women, families … Continue reading

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Sakura and Kabuki in Ginza

I hadn’t originally planned on visiting Ginza while vacationing in Japan. I had heard that it was an upscale shopping district, and I’m far from an upscale shopper. It was my inner geek that won me over, as Ginza is … Continue reading

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