Japan – The Art of Detail

Why Japanese Hospitality Makes It the Most Culturally Rich Country on the Planet

Upon first arriving into Japan for the first time, I was completely shocked at what I discovered. I landed in Okinawa, a tropical island that marks the southernmost part of…

The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route: The Best Hike in Japan that outshines Mount Fuji

It’s 473 treacherous steps to reach Nachi Taisha, the final shrine on the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan. The strenuous trek to the top, although painful for most, is certainly…

Keiko Ogura’s Curiosity and Compassion: A Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Story

In 1945, Keiko Ogura was an eight-year old girl living in Hiroshima, Japan. At the time, her home city was one of the largest supply depots to the Japanese army,…

Before Dawn in Tokyo: The Tsukiji Fish Market Auction

In the dark of early morning, before the tourists have wakened – real life Tokyo begins. It’s not the glizzy lights of Ginza or the businessmen, bustling of Shinjuku. It’s…

Get Past Tokyo and See the Real Japan: My Top 5, Don’t-miss Destinations

Moss-covered, misty forests of giant cedars where monkeys roam; a rural island where ancient old theatre and drumming was born; thatched-roof homes nestled into a valley; a towering citadel surviving…

Wabi-sabi: The Japanese Ideal That Changes Everything

The trickling of fresh water and the smoothness of a river stone, the smell of fresh herbs or the steam off a hot cut of tea, the crackling paint on…

Social Enterprises in Japan – What Does Slow Growth Mean for the Conscious Traveler?

Unlike developing countries where NGO’s and social enterprises pop up everywhere, civilized Japan has a society in place to support or at least speak out about its issues and needs…