24 Hours: Harajuku Shopping Tokyo

Like most women my age, I learned about Harajuku shopping in Tokyo as a young lady from watching Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls sing backup for her. This is unfortunate because the Harajuku fashion subculture is so much bigger than one, admittedly tres cool, former...

24 Hours: Asakusa Imahan Tokyo

Japan, as has been stated many times, has a marvelous ability to combine the ancient and the modern. Where else can you find medieval temples right next door to modern skyscrapers? Where else can you eat Japanese-style Salisbury steak in a retro lunch counter straight...

24 Hours in Tokyo

On some days, this blog takes a brave stand and encourages its gentle readers (or as I prefer to call them, Internet Strangers) to visit a place that a little obscure, a touch hidden, a wee bit off the beaten track. But that day is not today. Today is the day I...

24 Hours in Hiroshima: Things to Do

Internet Stranger, today is a special day in the life of this blogger. Normally I try to cram as many jokes into one itinerary as I possibly can. I often promise people that my blog provides a million laughs. That is so many laughs! But today we are spending 24 hours...

24 Hours: Hiroshima to Miyajima Day Trip

Get your fingers off that keyboard Internet Stranger! I see you getting ready to type me a nasty email saying that the real name of the island I am writing about today is not Miyajima, but Itsukushima. I know that! But I’m still calling it a Hiroshima to...

24 Hours: Ninenzaka Kyoto

We’ve already spent two days in Kyoto, Internet Stranger, but believe me when I say I’ve left the best for last. On this day, we will visit the best temple in Kyoto, Kiyomizu Temple, see the cutest street, Ninenzaka, have the greatest Japanese fine dining experience,...