Surviving Japan. Is it possible to make it out of Japan with your wallet? As I mentioned in my Tokyo on a Budget post, it seems that travel costs are more related to personal travel style , how much you want to spend and where you want to splurge.
At first I thought Japan was going to be so clean and orderly, that I might actually find it… ahem, boring. I know, I know, …shame on me for thinking that, but I’ve gotten to love traveling developing countries. Developing cultures spoil me with colorful diversity, unpredictability and the economy allows me to enjoy longer travel vacations. They help […]
I’ve long been waiting to visit Japan. But I kept holding myself back. Why? Everyone I’ve spoken to came back to report one thing, “Japan is expensive.” How expensive? One brave friend recommended a budget of $100/day in Tokyo! Someone else termed it wallet rape.
Japan has a fetish subculture. But you wouldn’t know unless you know what to look for. Whether you know a lot or too little about a culture, you’ll always feel you’re missing out on comprehending
After I stayed at Popeye Media Cafe in Fukuoka, I was charged to keep going. Like my explorations of Korean love motels and bathhouses, I was ready to take the tour of manga cafes (aka manga kissas). Afterall, what I experienced for a $12 overnight stay was pretty darned exciting and if done right, it […]
The travel lady I have the honor to interview today stands on the other side of that looking glass… in the world of the strangely bizarre, strange and beautiful. She’s an extraordinary lady, successful at seeking out the “off-beat, cool, bizarre and eclectic” when she travels. Let me welcome, La Carmina.
I’d heard rumors that Osaka Aquarium was a pretty rock star aquarium . And you know… it was! What makes Osaka Aquarium one of the coolest fish tanks in the world?
The young good-looking Japanese desk attendant, working at my hostel jumped on the internet to research the best (aka cheapest) route for me . His search returned an unbelievable tourist discount package! “This is a very, very good deal! ” he said excitedly as he printed it out. “These not normal prices. This is much better than student rates!”
When you think of robots, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? For me, it’s movies like Blade Runner, Terminator and 2001: Space Odyssey, where robots turn frighteningly evil and eventually, take over the world. Scary, right? Another part of me thinks of fantasy Lego-set bots like Transformers or cute, quirky mechanized toys like Wall-E or R2-D2 from Star Wars.