China, Pt. 1: Accommodations

**Disclaimer** If you love China and are easily angered by dissenting opinions, you may not want to read any further. You have been warned.  First, let me preface all of this by saying that an entire country is not defined by one city; neither is China mono-cultural, monolingual, or anything close to a cohesive unit, despite Read more about China, Pt. 1: Accommodations[…]


Since probably no one but me gets this pun, I’ll explain: “I want to eat (it)!” In Japanese is “tabetai.” Typhoon is written like “taifun” in Japanese. So it’s like a typhoon of things I want to eat. Get it? Haha, I’m hilarious. *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・* I saved all the food porn for now!       Read more about Tabetaifun[…]

Feel All the Things

I wasn’t going to write about the train journey back to Tokyo, but I had too many interesting revelations while reading Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar, and a few interesting conversations with Yuuki.  Iwate saw us off with some less than ideal weather, clouds hanging darkly over the sun and a light bit of Read more about Feel All the Things[…]

The Great Railway Bizzare

So there’s this cool thing in Japan called the Seishun 18 Kippu, which is a group of if tickets you can buy for the national rail system. With one ticket, which is about 2370 yen/$20, you get all day until midnight to use as many of the national railways as you like, which service most Read more about The Great Railway Bizzare[…]

Kawaii desu ne?!

Before writing this post I realized I only have 13 days left to travel and enjoy myself before going back to school in the U.S. I’m not looking forward to the reflections post– it’s going to be enormous, and there’s so much that’s happened in the past six months it’s impossible to sum it all Read more about Kawaii desu ne?![…]