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14 Favorite Fall Destinations

The world turns and seasons change—summer has passed and led us into gentler autumn with its changing leaves and more rigid schedule. The kids are back in school, and work is revving back up again, but there is no such thing as a bad time to go wandering. Next month, National Geographic will release their…

Sayonara Song

Saying goodbye might be the hardest part of travel. Despite all the miles I clock and all the countries I visit, I have yet to perfect the process of bidding farewell to a country that I have fallen so deeply in love with. I left Japan a few hours before a big typhoon — it…

101 Things I Love About Japan

Truly, the hardest part of my job is leaving a place. As my journey in a country comes to an end, I tend to get very sad, wondering if and when I return and thinking about how much I wish I could stay for longer. Often, my only consolation is to take stock of what…

Faces of Japan

Travelers know that it’s people who define the places we visit and that it’s often the people that we remember the most. I have spent the last three weeks in Japan, traveling across much of the country and enjoying all of its magnificent scenery. Still, it’s the Japanese that I have fallen for, in a…

School in Japan

From the moment I arrived in Japan, I’ve felt like a small child. So little of my life’s knowledge applies here–from reading and writing to knowing the right way to behave, Japan is different. Even though navigating daily life has been a fun travel challenge, I still hoped to get some extra insights by attending…

Big in Japan

I don’t mean to scare people, but I do. When I stand on a street corner, waiting for the light to change, they look up at me with shock. They gasp audibly in that Japanese way, inhaling and singing, “Oh!” before laughing awkwardly at my awkward size. I don’t need them reminding me. I already…

Running in Hiroshima

It’s OK to wear black socks with white running shoes in Japan. That’s what I tell myself as I tighten my laces and head down the hall of my hotel. It’s not like I’m going to blend in anyway. The elevator agrees with me, chiding in Japanese soprano, mocking my last clean pair of socks.…

Hiroshima in Hipstamatic

I travel with many cameras, but find more and more often that it’s my phone that I use to capture whatever experience I’m having–it’s small, quick, easy and unobtrusive. And so after arriving in Hiroshima, I spent one day wandering through this infamous city, iPhone in hand. As an American visitor, I couldn’t help feeling…

Japanese China from England (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1 So what kind of  car does a Japanese multi-millionaire take for a Sunday morning drive? A white Toyota Prius (I gather you don’t become a millionaire in Japan by wasting money on gas). Shimotakehara-san had generously offered me a shiny black car and chauffeur for the day, but when he discovered…

Japanese China from England (Part 1)

The world’s largest daikon ever harvested weighed exactly 69 pounds (31.3 kilograms)—more than three times the size of your average daikon. I blinked at the rubber, life-size model of the record-breaking radish through the display case in the museum—it was the same size as one of those exercise balls for doing sit-ups.  Given the chance…