Japan

japan/china 2019

On my second visit to Asia, I got to visit two countries: Japan and China. Ben’s Grandpa still lives in China – Shaoxing to be exact. So when his family decided to visit, I tagged along. Any trip to anywhere in Asia from NYC warrants at least two weeks, since it’s such a long flight.…

31 foods you should say konnichiwa to in japan

Not an exhaustive list but these are some of the things I got the chance to try. I didn’t love everything I ate but I feel like if you’re visiting a foreign country, you might as well try it. As Andrew Zimmern would say, “If it looks good, eat it!” Sushi – I feel like…

9 things i learned in the 7 days i spent in japan

Weather in mid-March is pretty mild. It’s not like March in NYC, when you might still need a coat. In Tokyo/Kyoto, you just need a light spring jacket, and perhaps a scarf. It does get chilly at night so make sure you’re prepared for that. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch some cherry blossoms at this time.…

what it’s like to ride the shinkansen

The bullet train, or Shinkansen is the quickest and easiest way to get from city to city. If you’re planning to travel to multiple cities, it might be a good idea to get the JR rail pass, where it allows you to have unlimited rides within a certain amount of days. Since we were only…

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