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Japan: Instagrammed


After spending 10 days in Japan, followed by a week in Korea, my mind is still processing the whole, amazing experience. I visited Japan in 2008 on my round the world trip, and it’s still one of my most-loved countries for so many reasons. For now, I’ll start by sharing some of my favorite Instagrams from Japan! Frozen yogurt and freshly made potato chips, drizzled with chocolate sauce at Calbee+ on Takeshita St in Harajuku. Japanese bookstores have a nice selection of cat magazines. Shocking how much print is NOT dead in Japan. Side note: their fashion magazines come with a purse Read more…

Tokyo Highlights


Over the last few days I’ve revisited a few districts, Shibuya and Akihabara, and had a great time catching up with my sister. Being in Tokyo for a week has been an amazing experience. Here are a few of my favorite things about Tokyo: Akihabara was much more fun the second time around. My brother-in-law watches some anime and collects Transformers, so he was kind of like having a tour guide. We checked out several hobby/toy shops and went to one of the capsule machine shops. I spent way to much yen for trinkets. So much fun. And we went Read more…

Lost In Translation


I love seeing a familiar face that looks like mine! :) I sat for about an hour at the Asahi Beer Tower (a very visible tower on the Tokyo skyline, as the “froth” on top of the building is nicknamed the golden turd) before my sister came up the escalator. She and her husband arrived in Tokyo last night. I’m so excited to see them after traveling for three weeks! We headed to the Asakusa district for lunch and touring the Sensoji temple. We probably did more catching up than touring this afternoon. :) We planned to meet for dinner Read more…

Akihabara, Shibuya, & Roppongi


We left on the 6:21 train to Tokyo this morning, which put us in Tokyo by 7:30 am. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we walked around the outside of the Imperial Palace (a small scale Himeji Castle), before heading to Akihabara, techy shopping center of Tokyo. Nerd central! We wandered through shops and stared at electronics and people equally. After lunch we took the rail to Shibuya, a well-known shopping and fashion district. It’s so fascinating to see all the people and trends and signs and lights. A little sensory overload. I’ve never seen anything like Tokyo. Later, Read more…

Mt Fuji Postcard Viewing in Hakone


If I could skip one town from my trip so far it would be Hakone. It’s too touristy. I guess I would be more positive if Mt Fuji would have been visible today. Oh well, I took pictures of postcards instead. ;) Although the modes of transportation available with the Hakone pass are pretty cool: bus, train, rail car, gondola, and pirate ship, after a long day of travel, up from Hiroshima, the last thing I was excited about was a celebration of different modes of transportation. It was fun to stay at another Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, though. Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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