The One about Tsukiji Hongan-ji

If you are heading to Tsukji early in the morning or sometime in the day for the ultimate sushi experience, right before you arrive to the fish market and once you get out of the station, you will see the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple. A Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple which practices Shin Buddhism (the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan), its predecessor was the Edo-Asakusa Gobo, a temple built […]

The One about Tokyo Station and it’s Design

Tokyo Station is one of the few stations in Tokyo in which many will no doubt experience the feeling of getting lost. Similar to Shinjuku Station, it’s a large railway station that is like a labyrinth. Located in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, it is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo and the busiest station in Japan (over 3,000 trains per day) and the fifth-busiest in Eastern […]

The One about EXCELSIOR CAFFÉ in Kudanshita

While in the neighborhood of Kudanshita, I decided to visit EXCELSIOR CAFFÉ which is owned by the Doutor Coffee Co., Ltd. (which deals with importing of coffee beans, roasting and processing, wholesale sales and restaurant management). The purpose was to create an Espresso Italian cafe and the first was opened in Minato-ku, Shibaura back in 1999. The difference between other coffee shops is that EXCELSIOR CAFFÉ rotates seven types of […]

The One about Dr. Joe’s Man Diet

Having lost 60 pounds since Sept. 2015 and occasionally getting blood tests to make sure my new healthy lifestyle and what I take in is not producing any negative results, I was in a bit of a shock because while I eliminated wheat, rice, pasta and corn-based products, lowered my blood sugar, my HDL went up which is good, but unfortunately, also my LDL. Considering I have been eating healthy, […]

The One about my Uncle Jun

Today, I’m in Southern California spending time with family as I was to visit with my uncle Jun. Jun was in a battle for his life against myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells). According to the Mayo Clinic, plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. […]

The One about Onitsuka Tiger shoes

Back in 1949, Kihachiro Onitsuka created Onitsuka Co., Ltd. Onitsuka manufactured basketball shoes in Kobe, Hyoga prefecture and would created various Olympics style shoes from the 50’s through ’70s. But it’s his Mexico 66 design (first introduced during the pre-olympic trials for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico) with the crossed stripes that would be associated with the Onitsuka brand and in 1977, when Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and […]

The One about the Smith Optics Parallel D Max

In 1965, Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in Sun Valley, Idaho. The company would be known for creating the first-ever goggle with a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. Back in the day, Dr. Bob Smith, a dentist by trade, would create goggles using dental tools, foam and glue.  And would strike a deal to manufacture Smith goggles and eventually would lead to Smith Optics becoming the popular brand […]

The One about Taking Photos very late in Tokyo Pt. 1

While crime does happen in Japan, it’s not like the United States (specifically major metropolitan areas) where you have to worry of someone attacking you in the wee hours of the morning, while walking. Quite often, Tokyo is lively late at night but with the trains coming to a close late at night, many people try to get home before midnight.  Those who walk try to find a cab, those […]