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2019 The Name of Life

The sound of 2019 is the voice of one of my Thai trainers as he shrieks “我慢!” at me from within the ring. He does this in a way that is both serious and jovial, and often when I complain about the pain of being …

Hokkaido, Japan

A child of summer can count the number of times she’s seen snow, no matter how many seasons of winter she has endured. Each moment is ephemeral, a love or fear at first sight, before it fades unrecognizably into the background like a normal day …

One Year in Tokyo

Several years ago, I read David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness in Wired, which gave me a new perspective on the duality of life. You can read his in-depth observations on the topic above but the summary of it is that a dish that is …

Where to stay in Tokyo?

If I had 100 yen for every time someone asks me where they should stay in Tokyo for their upcoming holiday, I would have enough money to stop working and blog full-time. Seeing as this is not the case, I’m writing this blog for free …

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Yakiniku Daichi, Roppongi

It always surprises people when I tell them I have no yakiniku recommendations for Tokyo, or Japan in general, because I’ve hardly ever had yakiniku in my life. Case in point, it’s been seven months since I moved to Tokyo and I’ve only had it …

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Goop Café, Tokyo Midtown

Goop has arrived in Tokyo! It’s the brand’s first foray into Asia. The main section is the lifestyle store where the brand stocks everything from rose quartz face rollers to athleisure to charcoal bath soaks. Whatever your take is on Gwyneth Paltrow’s controversial brand, you …

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The Rhyme of the Modern Day Mariner

All photos in this post were taken by Juan Carlos Ortiz Pozos. You can see more of his work here and on his Facebook / Instagram The Japanese role playing video games I have played, only ever allow three members to your party. But while …

Yokohama, Tokyo

January 1st this year, my mom called me asking why I hadn’t wished her or my stepdad Happy New Year. It seems like a no brainer but I guess I didn’t and have never really thought of the (western) New Year as a significant day. …