Archive for the 'Diary' Category


Happy New Year! New Year, New Blog

Like a phoenix, from the ashes of this blog’s demise rises Novel Metropolis

How Long Are You Gonna Stay in Japan?

While I’m having the time of my life here there’s something about expat life, at least for me, that feels like a detour. I’ve even had some expat friends compare living here to being in university again, but with more money.

Super Fun Time Tokyo Summer 2012

Some of the highlights of super fun time Tokyo summer 2012 have been:

Crossing Izu Peninsula off my places to go list, Finally going to Kamakura, My first trip to Tokyo Disneyland and facing off with insect after insect until I finally reached the end boss — giant cockroach.


A Letter from the Assistant Editor

I’m proud to say tsuki magazine vol. 4 has officially debuted!

Cherry Blossoms Blue Sky

Another Reason I’m Still Here: Hanami!

This is the stuff lifelong memories are made of, and will probably be one of my fondest memories of my time in Japan when I leave.


A Year After the Quake: Why Am I Still in Japan?

Despite occasional aftershocks, worries about radiation in the food and water supply, and warnings of another big quake coming any day now, I continue to live in Tokyo. Am I nuts?

Miyajima Floating Torii

Gearing up for Golden Week

This year I’ve planned and booked a stupendous Golden Week Extravaganza to Hiroshima and Kyoto — two of the places I’ve really wanted to go since moving here.


Reflections on My First Year in Japan

I made this move not knowing exactly what to expect, only sure that it would be big, new, exciting and a tremendous challenge, and has it ever. In this past year in Japan I have…

Christmas House

I’m Home! But Something’s Wrong…

I’m home again for the holiday season, and it’s been so great to see my friends and family in person yet…something’s wrong.

Aaaaah that's good blogging

This is What Makes Blogging Worthwhile

Every once in a while I get emails asking for advice from people who are thinking about moving to Japan. And one of my readers, Josh, was so thankful that when he ended up in Japan on business this month he wanted to meet up!

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