Tokyo

The Asakusa area and Senso-ji temple is a tourist trap, but it...















The Asakusa area and Senso-ji temple is a tourist trap, but it has its charm.


Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan,...









Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. This is generally known as a date spot. You can either take a driverless train which goes over rainbow bridge, or you can take a boat from Asakusa. Both are pretty nifty. Personally, I’d take one there and the other one back. 


The pictures pretty much speak for themselves, but I’d say the...


















Agreeing to go to one theme-restaurant in Japan, we went to...















Agreeing to go to one theme-restaurant in Japan, we went to Kagaya where their motto is “frog is stranger than fiction.” I had no idea what this place was about, but maybe


My favorite neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan is Harajuku because...


















The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) in Tokyo, Japan is...









The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) in Tokyo, Japan is massive with a circumference of 3.5 km. We spent hours walking around and viewing the garden’s three distinct styles: French Formal, English Landscape, and Japanese traditional. What a place to run in the grass and get lost!


Our Airbnb host in Osaka helped us buy tickets to a Hanshin...







Our Airbnb host in Osaka helped us buy tickets to a Hanshin Tigers baseball game. They are rumored to have the best fans in the world, so I was really excited to go check it out. Just like fans and baseball games in Korea are different, Japan felt very foreign compared to baseball games I’ve been to in the U.S. 


Then and now, and forever, people just want to read on the...





Then and now, and forever, people just want to read on the subway.


North Korea’s Growing Statue & Monument Business

While recent news reports on North Korea have focused on nuclear & rocket programs, the DPRK is also making headlines for its expertise in large statues & monuments both for domestic use & an increasing number of international clients. Korea FM spoke with Italian art collector & North Korean Mansudae Art Studio representative Pier Cecioni & Washington Post Tokyo Bureau Chief Anna Fifield to learn more about how Pyongyang’s monuments & statues have found increasing demand around the world.


When I first moved to Korea in 2010, I ate Lotteria several...







When I first moved to Korea in 2010, I ate Lotteria several times admittedly for the mere novelty of it (e.g. lady burger and red & white burger). In Korea, Lotteria is seen as a mediocre fast food at best. With McDonald’s and Burger King in every neighborhood, it’s hard to compete. It is an entirely different story in Japan.


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