The One about the Sporti Men’s TriMesh Water Shoes

As I have been hearing so much talk from friends about visiting Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos, California…I figured that I better get some water shoes before I head out there. While I still have my surfing booties, because there are jagged rocks around the area, I needed something that I could wear around the jagged rocks and shoes that would not puncture as easily but yet, […]

The One about Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah”

“Shoah”, the biblical world translates to “calamity” and in Hebrew, it is the term to describe the Holocaust, the genocide of six million Jews during World War II by Nazi Germany. The word is also the title of French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 nine and a half hour documentary, an oral history of the Holocaust.  A documentary hailed as one of the greatest and most important documentaries ever made, others […]

The One about the Ralph Lauren Halford Matte Cordura Canvas Sneakers

I’m often asked by friends if Ralph Lauren Polo canvasshoes are worth getting over Converse-related canvas shoes or canvas shoes by other brands and if it’s worth getting because they are made in China. Well, unless you purchase a canvas shoe made with Italian leather and pay the premium if they are made in Europe, the truth is that many canvas shoes are made in China.  My Converse All Stars […]

The One about Living in the United States and Ordering from Amazon Japan

I order a lot of Japanese magazines and automobile accessories through Amazon Japan.  And having ordered dozens of times from them, many people have asked me questions of “how I order from Amazon Japan?”, “how quick things take to get from Japan to the US?” and much more. So, I decided to create this helpful post with tips for those who want to order from Amazon Japan: STEP 1: Create […]

The One about the Akitsushima PLH32 and the Japan Coast Guard Museum

For those walking through the area of Minato Mirai area (nearest to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse) in Yokohama, one is sure to see the Shikishima Class PLH (Patrol Vessel Large with Helicopter) vessel, the Akitsushima PLH32. Laid down in 2011 and launched in July 2012, the Akitsushima PLH32 was commissioned by the Japan Coast Guard on November 28, 2013. Next to the ship is the Japan Coast Guard Museum […]

The One about Nippon Budokan

When it comes to concerts, one of the well-known indoor arenas in Japan is Nippon Budokan located in Tokyo ala the Chiyoda ward. Originally built in 1964 for the judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, Nippon Budokan hosts many concerts, martial arts and sporting competitions, ceremonies and graduation events. One of the first rock bands to perform at Nippon Budokan is The Beatles back in 1966 and broke the […]

The One about Superior Dairy in Hanford, California

When I was a child, my grandfather who was a well-known chef in the area back in the ’70s and ’80s, would take me to a place called Superior Dairy in the agricultural town of Hanford, California. Superior Dairy has become well-known in the United States for being one of the must-go to ice cream shops. It’s a well-deserved recognition as it’s one of the few ice cream places that […]

The One about Paul Fejos’ “Lonesome”

For many years, silent film fans have hoped to watch Paul Fejos’s “Lonesome”. Most have heard comparisons of Fejos’s film to F.W. Murnau’s “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” and Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, but the fact was that for many years, “Lonesome” was a rare film to see at a silent film screening. Due to the fact that the only surviving print was a the French version at the time, […]