I’m Speaking Japanese! I Really Think So!

It's nothing short of a miracle. I can speak Japanese. At least broken Japanese, spewing out a lot of basic verbs and nouns to get the message across (mostly) or ask directions, put a friend in a cab to the Kansai Airport, direct a cab driver to my apartment or tell him when he's at … Continue reading I’m Speaking Japanese! I Really Think So!

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Halloween at Universal Studios Japan – Good Kawaii Fun! In Photographs

Halloween in Japan has been growing a lot. This year I noticed far more Jack'o'lanterns and Western style Halloween decorations than last year. As if it were a orchestrated event, as just about every store or restaurant had some kind of Halloween theme or promotion. Fun! I was excited to take a friend who is … Continue reading Halloween at Universal Studios Japan – Good Kawaii Fun! In Photographs

Who Needs Paris When You Have Colombo Cornershop Books and Coffee in Osaka

Quaint, eclectic and bohemian can't quite describe my second home in Osaka at Colombo Cornershop books and coffee, but it's worth to keep trying to find the right word every time I visit.  In Shinshaibashi across from the Nanba shrine, Colombo sits on the corner and calls out Paris every time I walk by to … Continue reading Who Needs Paris When You Have Colombo Cornershop Books and Coffee in Osaka