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My new book, Loose Ends in Yokohama, is now out and available as ebook on Kindle. Paperback soon to follow! 5-star Readers’ Favorite review by K.C. Finn: “…an emotional powerhouse of a story.” Abandoned as a child. Half-Japanese, half-American. Ron Jackson is a self-made man of few words who has been through decades of hardship building up a successful bar business in Yokohama. As he finally gets ready to enjoy life in retirement, an unexpected meeting jolts his entire world. Ron decides to set out on a mission to make peace with his past, marked by ruthlessness, bitterness, and suppressed


Exploring Ebisu Yokocho – a perfect start (or finish) of the evening!

Ebisu Yokocho is truly a world in its own right. A retro-arcade straight out of the Showa era! A wonderful little cluster of restaurants and bars that only have seats for a handful of guests each. If you can’t get a seat, you can always stand at the counter. You’re guaranteed not to feel lonely! Step inside and you feel like you’ve travelled a few decades back in time! A mini-alley of great restaurants Ebisu Yokocho is basically a roofed alley packed with mini-restaurants and bars on both sides. It’s pretty difficult to find if don’t know exactly where it’s

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Tokyo Shinjuku Golden-gai – a gem from the past

Shinjuku may be a mecca for shopping. Something like almost four million people use Shinjuku Station every day. That’s the population of a small country! Go to any of the huge electronics stores, and you’ll find it’s packed almost any time of the day. People visit Shinjuku from all corners of the globe, and you’ll hear more languages spoken than you knew existed. There’s just no end to the flow of people. Shinjuku is really about shopping, shopping and shopping. But also eating, drinking and entertainment. My personal favorite in Shinjuku has always been a “block” called Golden-gai, located just

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Tokyo’s eccentric store fronts

There is no shortage of crazy, attention-grabbing store fronts in Tokyo. Some are more eccentric than others, and it’s all about catching the attention of the people passing by. If you take a walk around Shibuya, Shinjuku or Ikebukuro, some of them will certainly catch your eye. Of course, whether you go inside or not is another story… No end to the ideas I love just walking around in random shopping areas of Tokyo and let my eyes wander. Sometimes I come across stores fronts that are beyond eccentric. It’s like a cry of “Please look at me!” Due to

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Tokyo’s Nakameguro district – a textbook example of gentrification

Nakameguro might have the highest concentration of cool coffee shops and colorful tapioca bars in the whole of Tokyo. It’s a paradise for foodies, artists, celebrity-spotters, wannabe celebrities, cherry-blossom gazers, fashion designers and fashionistas. You’ll find young and hip people everywhere, including tourists from the world’s all corner, all mixed up with the area’s wealthy residents. Nakameguro’s rise to fame What I like about Nakameguro is that in spite of its rising popularity, it’s still pretty cozy. It still has a local, casual, almost relaxed atmosphere about it. Maybe it’s because there are still no large shopping centers and of

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Next book out soon!

Photo by Ryo Yoshitake For anyone who is interested in my books, I’ve just completed my next one. It’s currently out for final editing and will, with a bit of luck, be done and ready by the end of February. Idyllic fishing town in Izu This one is a bit different from the “urban jungle” setting of Shibuya Nemesis – A Journey towards the Top of Tokyo. It takes place in a small idyllic fishing town on Japan’s Izu Peninsula, close to the famous resort of Atami. The beautiful little community with its port and beach is tucked away between

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Shibuya’s smallest park?

Shibuya can be very much “in your face”. People everywhere, neon lights and giant screens competing for your attention, and bars and restaurants beckoning with their eye-catching entrances. Need a quick break in Shibuya? If you ever get tired from walking around and exploring Shibuya, and want to escape the hustle and bustle for a quick break, without emptying your wallet at one of the hip coffee shops, where do you go? The most obvious answer is Yoyogi Park, this giant green oasis located at the top of the hill, bordering to Harajuku and Meiji Shrine. You just need to

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