U.S. Embassy Tokyo Security Message: Safe Night in Tokyo June 30, 2017

  As peak travel season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is offering the following security tips to help visitors stay safe while enjoying Tokyo’s world-famous nightlife. The general crime rate in Japan is well below the U.S. national average, and Tokyo, like all of Japan, is generally a safe place for visitors. Still, as in other big cities around the world, visitors to Tokyo sometimes become victims of crime, […]

The One about SHIPS in Harajuku

Located in Cat Street in Harajuku is the store, SHIPS. With a history that goes as far back as 1970, SHIPS began as “MIURA” which sold imported casual clothing. In 1975, MIURA & SONS opened their Shibuya store which was followed by the SHIPS Ginza store in 1977. The company is best known for opening the first store for women in Ginza called “SHIPS LADIES” and in the ’80s, more […]

The One about Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc

In 2013, located in Cat Street in Harajuku is fashion designer, Marc Jacobs’ “BOOKMARC”. Designed by Stephan Jaklitsch, BOOKMARC sells books specializing in art, music culture and photography.  And the concept of the store happened when bookstores began to disappear from the global landscape. Marc Jacobs opened the first BOOKMARC store on Bleeker Street in New York’s West Village and has since expanded to Paris, London and Tokyo. It’s a […]

The One about Rainbow Pancake in Harajuku

In America, we think of pancakes as breakfast food and food we make at home early in the morning or go to a place like IHOP or Denny’s breakfast.  Typically, we are used to the thin pancakes that we put butter and syrup. But in Japan, pancakes are seen as a desert and one of the most popular restaurants known for serving the best pancakes is Rainbow Pancake in Harajuku. […]

The One about Graffiti in Japan

I’m often asked about how safe Japan is but also get asked a few times if there is graffiti and if it’s as bad as how things are in the US? Well, graffiti does exist, but not in the same manner in the US that are usually gang affiliated. While in the US, there are people who do graffiti for the sake of art versus those who do it for […]

The One about the Visalia Obon Festival 2017

It’s Obon Festival time!!! I have blogged in the past about what an Obon Festival is and covered various events.  And now the first Obon festival that I attended in the Central Valley for 2017 took place in the city of Visalia, California in Tulare County. The Visalia Obon Festival, which is a smaller obon event, kicks off the Central Valley Obon Festivals and then the next is held in […]

The One about High Heat and Dead Vegetable Plants

Vegetable garden update – June 24th. WTF!!! With the intense heat…my zucchini, bell pepper, kale and cauliflower plants which looked fantastic last weekend did not make it. With the temperatures reach between 105-110 degrees…they didn’t make it. According to this website: http://www.plantanswers.com/garden_column/june03/4.htm High temperatures speed up the normal living process of plants to a maximum rate at and above 90 degrees F. This means that most plants can take temperatures […]

The One about Andrzej Wajda’s “Korczak”

“Korczak” is a powerful film that highlights one of the well-known humanitarians of the holocaust. Where monuments of Dr. Janusz Korczak is seen in Warsaw, of him holding the hands of children. He has left a legacy showcasing one man’s refusal to adapt to the enemy’s status quo, he was a man who also was unselfish. Knowing he could escape and live a free life away from Nazi Germany, he […]