Today I boarded the Shinkansen super-express high-speed railway, traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto. It saddened me to leave Shinjuku and my genial host, Oto-san, but I was eager to continue my exploration of Japan. Oto-san on the balcony in his Shinjuku apartment While I will miss breakfast in Oto-san’s kitchen—with its view of Tokyo’s skyline—I’m
Earlier this week, I made friends with Emmanuel, a tennis chair umpire who is calling matches in Tokyo’s Toray Pan Pacific Open. Emmanual asked if I was interested in tickets for the tournament (Are you kidding me? YES!!!), and handed over tickets for the sweetest seats I’ve ever been comped. Because of travel conflicts, I missed opening
It hardly feels like I have been in Japan for four days! Tokyo is so big I feel like I adventure into a new city every day. On the to-do list today, was to see Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace and Shibuya crossing. This morning I started my day at a pretty leisurely pace. There
It’s 2:30 am and a 5.3 magnitude earthquake slams Fukushima then rockets to Tokyo—and my bedroom—scaring the living crap out of me. My dream of waking to a glorious Japanese sunrise dissolves in chaos and bolting upright, I pray my Shinjuku apartment will not come crashing down around me. It’s my first earthquake and after
First stop on my tour around Asia: Tokyo! Moshi, moshi ah no ne. I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the next three months. Customs and immigrations in Tokyo was a breeze. You truly experience the friendliness of the Japanese people the minute you step off of the plane. One of the not
Tomorrow, the journey begins! First stop, L.A. and a brief visit with my dear friend Malcolm, then it’s off to Narita Airport—Tokyo. I’ve been running around today taking care of last minute details. So here’s the skinny on what needs to be done the last few days before your trip. Grab any last minute necessities.
Last night, I met up with my friend Jeremy, one of my former classmates from Northeastern, and we ended up going out to a club in Hollywood. One of his friends is a dead ringer for Macklemore, and somehow, he managed to get all of us in for free and landed us a table behind
Today, we departed Santa Barbara and headed south to beautiful Malibu. Aside from having jaw-dropping scenery, Malibu is also known to host one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum, which houses more than 44,000 Greek and Roman antiquities on a gorgeous 64-acre compound. The Prometheus Wheel Ancient Roman jewlery Get the look:
Last night I decided to leave the shades open in hopes of the sunrise waking me up. Unfortunately, the sun was no match for my jet lag, but good news is, Malcolm was there to wake me up! We headed across the street from out hotel, to Stern’s Wharf, and walked the foot path while
Instead of going straight to Tokyo from Boston, I decided to give myself a five day layover in L.A. with my friend Malcolm, who I haven’t seen in seven years! First stop, In-N-Out Burger. Double-Double with a chocolate milkshake and fries please. Oh, sweet calories! Next, we cruised down to the Harbor View Inn in Santa Barbara.