11/22-11/24: Kobe/Osaka/Mt. Koyasan

Wilton being my first visitor to Tokyo also brought with him 3 huge U-Haul boxes about 70 lbs. each, filled with snacks, household goods, cleaning items, more clothing from my wardrobe at home, snowboarding gear, pots/pans, electric blanket, thoughtful gifts from family, and even zhong (my all-time favorite filled with sticky rice, yellow bean, egg […]

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The secret to making friends: baby carrots

The biggest discovery I made at work was the key method of attracting attention and starting up much needed conversation in a very serious, focused work environment. The trick: having a ziplock bag of baby carrots on my desk. As a part of my trip to Costco a few weeks ago, I got a big […]

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11/10 Weekend Activities: Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome City

Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園 is one of the oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscaped gardens in Tokyo. Mitsukuni Mito constructed this garden to be a beautiful mix of traditional Chinese and Japanese landscapes with a pond, bridges, a man-made hill, stones, and a variety of plants. 300 Yen for entry. Very close to Iidabashi station. The middle […]

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