Went to Niconico Chokaigi for Metropolis, soaked it all in. As I waited for a kabuki performance to start, I watched a packed arena applaud a man who appeared on the venue’s big screen, dressed up as the defunct soda marketing character Pepsiman. It was one of many surreal moments on April 29th and 30th [...]
Two stories to start 2017...first, for Ethiopian Airlines in-flight magazine, I wrote about some of the best traditional Japanese hotels in Tokyo. Read that here, unless you find yourself on one of their flights sometime soon. I also talked with a few of the artists in Japan who had big years in 2016, and asked [...]
Over at CNN, wrote about Nagoya's emerging industrial tourism sector: Japan's rise to global tech supremacy is legendary. But few realize where the country's important industrial sectors have some of their deepest roots. That place is Aichi prefecture, west of Tokyo. One of Aichi's biggest claims is a key role in developing the Tokaido Shinkansen, [...]
I was featured in a BBC documentary about Babymetal (and Japanese music in general) recently. Watch it -- and see what I look like! -- here. Elsewhere, I wrote a list of cool hostels in Tokyo for CNN Travel, read that here.
Recently went to Osaka, and experienced the park's "Cool Japan" special. "OSAKA – “Cool Japan Heats Up” declares a sign welcoming visitors to an area of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) devoted to the country’s hottest pop culture exports. Now in its second year, USJ’s “Universal Cool Japan” event features special attractions that run until June [...]
I think...think...I've finally adjusted to 2016! A snow day in Tokyo forcing you to stay inside all day will do that to you. So here are the articles I've written so far in 2016. I have a lot of articles in the works, so here is the first set! - At The Japan Times, I [...]
Broke into the world of travel writing in November with two features this week. First, for Selamta Magazine (the in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines), I wrote about how one could spend 24 hours in Tokyo. "Long boasting the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is a city in constant motion. The bustling capital of [...]