The One about Japanese Homes with Tatami

When traveling to Japan, one may have the impression that many homes have tatami flooring. Many have seen it on movies and television but the truth is tatami flooring has been on the decline as many home owners prefer a western-style of flooring. But there are a few who prefer having a home, typically a single room where tatami mats are installed (tatami is primarily made of rice straw or […]

The One about Penelope Lagos’ book, “I Miss My Best Friend”

Back in 2011, I had the opportunity to interview actress Penelope Lagos about a film that she starred in and also discuss her career as an actress and a model. In 2017, I am interviewing Penelope once again, but not as an actress or model, but this time as a writer. Penelope has written and published her first children’s book titled “I Miss My Best Friend”, featuring illustrations by Sophie […]

The One about Darn Tough Socks

As I prepare for my trip next month back to Japan, one thing I want to nip on the bud is the socks I will be bringing. Each time I travel, I learn more about what socks to bring and not bring and last year, walking nearly 12-24 miles each day, it took a toll on my feet but while I was prepared with band-aids and such and to prevent […]

The One about Allan King’s “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company”

I have to admit that “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company” was a difficult actuality film to watch. As impressed as I am with Allan King’s “Cinéma vérité”, this one hits my family pretty hard as my grandfather is now at the final stage of Alzheimer’s Disease and is not expected to live much longer, while my mother-in-law also has Alzheimer’s. For me, I have seen many films and […]

The One about Minami-Senju Station in Arakawa

Located in Arkawa, Tokyo is “Minami-Senju Station” (which means South Senju Station). Opened back in 2008, the station is operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Tokyo Metro and the Mtropolitan Intercity Railway Company. The primary lines is JR East Joban Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Metropolitan Intercity Railway Tsukuba Express. Outside of the station, one will find a McDonald’s, Burger King, restaurants, a Lawson convenience store and […]

The One about the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame Part 3

And here we are with the final part of Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame at Tokyo Dome. With the viewing rooms  in the next hall, once you past it, it’s when you get to see the actual members of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and their plaques all across the wall.  And the good news is that there is an English translation below each plaque. One of the things […]

The One about the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame Part 2

I wrote about the entry portions and the first two rooms of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame at Tokyo Dome. In this part 2 post of the Japanese Ball Hall of Fame, the area focuses on the history of baseball with really awesome artifacts from baseball’s and Japanese baseball’s early years.  As well as sections honoring MLB’s Ichiro Suzuki. As the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit portion showcase […]