Bored with simply hiking everyday trails after the Pacific Crest Trail, I felt that my outdoor expeditions required another level of danger (because bears, dehydration, and murderers in the desert were not enough), and so introducing the threat of toxic sulphuric gas and volcanic eruption was the
One of my favorite things about traveling is being able to see how laws and social taboos (what silly things they are) change across countries. Differences between Japan and the United States extend beyond simply bowing and taking off your shoes to enter places. The following ten things are not
Basashi. Say it with me: bah-saw-she. Good. And as the title of this post may have led you to believe, yes, it is what the Japanese call raw horse meat (and yes, it is for eating). It is a speciality in Kumamoto, on Japan's island of Kyushu, and luckily for me, Kumamoto is where I have
Since arriving in Japan, I have spoken very little English, and even less Japanese (since my current vocabulary is limited to a few dozen words). So as strange of an introduction as it was, it was nice when an older Japanese man stepped into my train compartment, and said, "Welcome to Japan!"
If there is one thing I try to do in each country I visit it's get naked in a public setting (that and eat at a McDonald's). In Japan this task can be accomplished with relative ease (and without pesky legal fallout). Thanks to the country's geological makeup (a chain of volcanic islands),
English has established itself as the dominant force in the global communication sphere, and as a result you can find it on everything from subway signs to strip club advertisements across the world. In some countries, consumers see English is seen as cool or exotic, and advertisers have taken
Karaoke is synonymous with Japan, and for good reason. Not only are karaoke parlors everywhere, but they are everything you hoped they would be, and nothing like you thought they would be. Do you have what it takes to come to Japan and prove your worth as a karaoke master? The quest for
My passport will not swipe at the self-service kiosk - do I really have to get into that giant line of people behind the check-in counter? An airline employee on the floor attempts to rectify the situation, but after ten minutes of failed attempts (and the aggravated bending of my passport) she