Japan

The Cafe la siesta 8bit bar is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar in...









The Cafe la siesta 8bit bar is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar in Kyoto that has a bunch of old-school games you can play. It’s really small, but the decor is fun and we had so much fun just nerding out by ourselves in the bar.


Depending on what you want to do, it might be a good idea to get...

















Depending on what you want to do, it might be a good


Using our phones to navigate us around random suburban hills and...















Using our phones to navigate us around random suburban hills and dark alleys, my boyfriend read me restaurant reviews about how great 


Waiting for China re: N Korea is like Waiting for Godot




China-North-Korea

I published an op-ed in the JoongAng Daily today, which this post re-prints.


It took about an hour to travel from Osaka to Kyoto but there...













It took about an hour to travel from Osaka to Kyoto but there was so much to see, we decided to spend the night in Kyoto. 


SIM cards and wifi rentals in Japan

If you’re used to buying SIM cards in Asia in other countries, you’re going to be surprised at the prices in Japan. Like majority of things in Japan, they’re more expensive, but the quality is admittedly great. If you want to rent a SIM card or a mobile wi-fi router in Japan, I’ve had a good experience with SoftBank. It’s recommended to reserve on their website at least a few days before your trip, but I’ve had mild success just randomly visiting their kiosk at the airport.

You can pick-up and drop-off rentals in different cities, and they have kiosks in several locations.


If you’re in Osaka, I encourage you to go to Nara for a...













If you’re in Osaka, I encourage you to go to Nara for a day-trip. After exiting Nara Station, you’ll find plenty of deer roaming the streets.


Osaka Castle is beautiful and in the middle of a giant park, so...











Osaka Castle is beautiful and in the middle of a giant park, so naturally, we did some geocaching. There were a ton of mosquitoes during the hottest days of July, but well-worth the gallivanting. 


Dotonbori (or Dotombori) is my favorite neighborhood in Osaka,...


Korean Police Deny Wrongdoing In Australian’s Rape Investigation

Airdre Mattner says she was drugged, abducted & raped in Seoul last September, but after dealing with South Korean hospital staff & police, including a recent Facebook post by police that revealed private information regarding her case, she says she's been devastated her even further. Korea FM spoke with Mattner & the Korea Herald reporter that's been covering her story to learn more about how both foreign & Korean victims are treated by police & other authorities while seeking justice. Find more information on Airdre Mattner's story at http://GoFundMe.com/JusticeForAirdre.


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