The One about Akiba Jinja

Omotesando is best known for an area lined with trees and luxury shops but near Omotesando crossing is a small shrine (jinja) that is not hard to miss. Known as Akibajinja (note that the shrine is not located in Akihabara), the history of this small shrine was that back in 1824, after Kinokuniya Bunzaemon was interred in Fukukawa, according to his request, the Akibajinja was moved to its current location. […]

The One about Learning another Language with HelloTalk

For those learning a new language, one of the things that will become important is practicing with another person who can speak that language. In college, we would have time set for a “Conversational Partner”.  For example, if I’m learning Japanese, I would have a Japanese conversational partner who is trying to learn English.  In a way, it works out both ways, because you can understand each other’s culture but […]

The One about the PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher

I’m a big user of PUR products and I have been needing to upgrade my water pitcher. The PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher that I am reviewing is the non-LED version. What you get is the pitcher, a filter, lid and a reservoir. A few things have changed with the PUR 7 Cup Pitcher and I agree with other reviewers, there is a difference in width and size but not […]

The One about Hachiko

In Shibuya, right near the station, thousands of visitors come each year to visit and take pictures of the statue of Hachiko. For those not familiar with the story, Hachiko is an Akita dog and the pet of Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, who worked at the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. At the end of each day, Hachiko would come to Shibuya Station to wait and greet for his […]

The One about Joey’s Cafe in West Hollywood

My chill out spot for brunch/lunch when I’m traveling to the West Hollywood area is Joey’s Cafe ( Joey’s Cafe is one of those spots to kick back, indoor or outdoor, order a sandwich or a drink and just enjoy your breakfast, brunch or lunch. One of the things that we wanted to experience was their Rosemary Turkey Burgers and their chicken quesadillas.  And the location also serves fresh organic […]

The One about Go! Go! Curry

In Japan, there are many restaurants that serve curry.  But there are a few that have managed to create a brand that has done well for the company and had allowed companies such as Curry House and CoCo Ichibanya but another curry restaurant that has managed to expand is Go! Go! Curry best known for its gorilla mascot. Originally from the Ishikawa prefecture (Ishikawa is a prefecture on the Japanese […]

The One about the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant & Market

When it comes to restaurants, one that I have eaten at countless times in Monterey and San Francisco is the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant & Market. Inspired by the 1994 film “Forrest Gump”, the first Bubba Gump restaurant opened in Monterey back in 1996 courtesy of Viacom Consumer Products (Viacom is the owner of Paramount Pictures which distributed “Forrest Gump”). The idea of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant & […]