A complete, sensory experience: DMM Planets Exhibit, and the Statue of Liberty

On Monday I went out to Odaiba to see the “DMM Planets” Exhibit. Odaiba is a man-made island in the Tokyo Bay, just east of the city. We wanted to get there early, which meant taking the train through central Tokyo during the morning rush hour. Holly hell, it was insane! “Sardine trains” to the… Read More A complete, sensory experience: DMM Planets Exhibit, and the Statue of Liberty

Mt. Fuji

This weekend, I climbed Mt. Fuji. It was an absolutely amazing experience, one that I will never forget. It was an adventure and a half, and a serious challenge, but I’m so glad I was able to make it happen. An important item checked off my Japan bucket list! At 3,776 meters (12,389 feet), Mt.… Read More Mt. Fuji

Imperial Palace Gardens, Asakusa, Sensō-ji, & Oueno

Imperial Palace Gardens The Imperial Palace, located in the central Chiyoda ward, is the official residence of the Emperor. It is a huge complex, surrounded by beautiful gardens. My friend Mel and I toured the East Gardens. The total area of the complex, including all of the gardens, is 4.31 square kilometers (1.32 square miles),… Read More Imperial Palace Gardens, Asakusa, Sensō-ji, & Oueno

Exploring Tokyo and trying not to die of heatstroke

In between taking care of everything I need to do to get myself established here – registering my residence card, signing up for phone and internet, getting a bank account, buying furniture and appliances, etc., I’ve had some free time, as I have not starting teaching yet. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to! (When I’m not… Read More Exploring Tokyo and trying not to die of heatstroke