7.4 Magnitude Earthquake: My Literal Wake up Call About Disaster Preparedness

At 6 am on Tuesday morning, I was woken from a dead sleep by the shaking of an earthquake. I have experienced dozens of small earthquakes since moving to Tokyo, but this was the strongest one yet, strong enough to both wake me and genuinely scare me. The shaking inside my apartment was intense, and… Read More 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake: My Literal Wake up Call About Disaster Preparedness

Hakone Daytrip: Fall Foliage, Endless Lines, and Many Modes of Transportation

Last Sunday, I took a day trip to Hakone, to check out the fall foliage in the area. Hakone is a small town in the mountains at the top of the Izu peninsula, famous for its onsen (natural hotsprings) and fantastic views of Mt. Fuji. It is less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo, so I… Read More Hakone Daytrip: Fall Foliage, Endless Lines, and Many Modes of Transportation