Travels: Kawakami Gensai – The “Real” Rurouni Kenshin

The new Rurouni Kenshin anime debuts today! But have you wanted to know about the real hitokiri, Kawakami Gensai, who served as the inspiration for “Himura Kenshin”? Since I was able to visit his grave this past December, I’ve gleaned a wealth of information about him. So let me tell you about this fascinating individual from Japanese history and how he compares with the infamous Hitokiri Battosai!

11 Amazing Side Trips from Tokyo

Japan has opened up! And Tokyo will forever be one of the most amazing places you can go in your lifetime. But if you find yourself to be in a bit more of an adventurous mood and are desiring to go beyond the bounds of the main Tokyo railways, you might find one of these amazing side trips from this awesome city to be worth your while during your next trip to Japan.

15 Things You Must Do in Harajuku

You’ve likely heard of Harajuku through songs or perhaps via a grape vine of travelers who have been to Tokyo (東京). Or maybe you’ve heard of the “Harajuku Girls” in a fashion magazine somewhere. But none of that really elaborates on just what Harajuku is, what you can do there or what you should make SURE to do there on your epic trip to Japan. So allow me to divulge all you need to know for your day in this fashion forward mecca of the Tokyo Metropolis. 😉

Experiencing Japan: Printing Your Own Ukiyo-e Via Mokuhanga

If you ever visit Japan, you’ll often see prints and recreations of old Ukiyo-e, such as “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, or “Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura” (神奈川沖浪裏), that were originally made via Mokuhanga. But it’s possible to get an even more enriching experience when it comes to Ukiyo-e instead of just buying a modern print reproduction of one. That’s what I want to tell you about today in recounting a super unique experience I had while in Japan – and one that you can have too!

14 Chain Restaurants in Japan Not to Miss + 2 Bonuses!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I love to travel to Japan (duh)! And while I’m there, I’m always up for trying out new foods. However, that doesn’t mean I can afford fancy dine outs for every meal and sometimes, I just need a restaurant where I can sit back in a cushy seat and take a load off while I order something I know I’ll like. So here are my solutions: 14 (+2 bonus) restaurants worth stopping by in Japan if you’re in the mood to eat out, but maybe not looking to have your wallet emptied.

Featured Artist Spotlight: Marie Kondo (近藤 麻理恵)

For the month of January 2021, the featured artist of the month is Marie Kondo! Born in Tokyo, Japan, Marie Kondo is a professional organizing consultant, sometimes known as “KonMari”. With 4 books under her belt, with most translated into 30+ languages, Marie specializes in turning places of clutter into tidy spaces. Her most popular book is titled “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.