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A bull market for Tokyo?

On my last night in Tokyo, I was invited by old friends to dinner at their home, right in central Tokyo, in a lovely...

A hundred and Juan things to do in Osaka

Even with just two days in Osaka, there are countless things to do -- especially if you know exactly where to look.Among the liveliest...

Beating the heat in Tokyo

The other day in Tokyo, it was so oppressively hot that I had a hard time deciding which I liked or disliked more: the...

55 Days in Peking

I usually never have time to watch an entire movie, but since watching "Notting Hill" on the plane on the way to Tokyo from...

South Africa, here we come…

It's really a TRAVELIFE when you've just flown in from Hokkaido for a breather in Tokyo on the way to Manila, and you're reserving...

Cheap Italian food in Tokyo

Tonight we went to a new and basically unknown Italian restaurant that has received very good ratings from the Japanese-language food blogs. Everyone knows...

The stained glass of Chartres and (literally) flying ice to Tokyo

Hello from Haneda Airport, having just arrived in Tokyo from Sapporo, on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) lunchtime flight. It's only an hour and...

Al fresco wagyu dinner in Sapporo

Tonight, we had a most enjoyable dinner al fresco in a garden of a historical house in the middle of a residential neighborhood in...

Royce chocolates and sushi in Hokkaido

Yesterday in Hokkaido, we stopped to have lunch in the picturesque seaside town of Otaru, known for several well-preserved neighborhoods of old houses and...

Feeding a flock of seagulls in Hokkaido

This morning we drove to the seashore to take a glass-bottomed boat around the coast of Hokkaido that enabled us to see the ocean...

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