By: Kaitlyn

Monkey Around at Kyoto’s Monkey Park

When I travel I’d rather visit the more unique places of wherever I’m at. The more adventurous, and ‘out there’ the better. I want to see and experience things that I wouldn’t be able to find back home in the United States. So, when I went to Kyoto this past weekend the Iwatayama Monkey Park…

Get Lost in a World of Wonder: TeamLab PLANETS

Tokyo is a vision of the future, so it is only fitting that some of the world’s most stunning digital art museums are here. Located in Odaiba, Tokyo is Teamlab’s Borderless exhibit and in Toyosu, Tokyo is the PLANETS exhibit. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of experiencing the PLANETS digital art…

10 Unexpected Things I Learned About Japan Only by Visiting

7/11 is the Spot If you have ever listened to the song “Tokyo Drift” from the Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift movie then you’ve heard the line “7/11 is the spot”. And it quite honestly is THE spot anywhere in Japan. Back home in the U.S., I know 7/11 to be the kind of gas station…

Getting Over the Language Barrier

Before I left on my two month trip to Japan the #1 question I got from people back home was, “do you speak any Japanese?”. No, unfortunately, I do not. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me from taking an opportunity to work abroad. I tried to prepare by using language learning apps,…

How to Visit Tokyo Museums as a Foreigner and Get a Good Deal

This spring and summer the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum has been holding a special art exhibit on Gustav Klimt, a famous Austrian symbolist painter. I love going to art museums and was not going to pass up an opportunity to see this special exhibit. While I’ve been to plenty of art museums in my life, going…

The VR Experience You Can’t Get at Home

VR, or virtual reality, has become extremely popular all over the world in the past couple of years. But HexaRide, a new VR machine, in Odaiba, Tokyo, has taken it to a whole new level. The first of its kind, it is a fully immersive, motion experience. At first, I was hesitant to get on…

Satisfy All Your Sugar Needs with These Japanese Candies

When you think of a dollar store you may think cheap, useless, junk. Well, that is definitely not the case in Japan! It is actually the very opposite at Daiso, a Japanese ¥100 store. You can get almost anything there from candy, beauty products, kitchenware, stationery, and so much more. To make things even better,…

The Stark Difference Between Sushi in Japan and the U.S.

Adopted by American celebrities and businessmen back in the ’60s for its exotic appeal, sushi has since become one of the most popular cuisines in the states. Though, it has had a dramatic makeover from the traditional sushi you would find anywhere in Japan. If you claim to be a lover of sushi but have…

The Quirkiest Gifts in Japan to Get for Everyone on Your Gift List

When traveling abroad there are two kinds of things tourists always bring home with them; pictures and souvenirs. Whether you are buying for yourself, or for family and friends, some kind of memorabilia is tucked away in the suitcase as a reminder of the place you visited. Tokyo has no shortage of things to buy.…

Explore the Temples and Shrines of the Ueno Fusion District

Japan is full of rich, historic culture as well as it is a vision of the future. If you are someone who can’t wait to see both sides of Japanese culture you can see both sides in a full day just by walking around a particular area. Ueno, rightly known as the fusion district harmoniously…