We meet up with our friend Shawn in Tokyo and hit up Harajuku, Akihabara, Gonpachi, and other pop-culture hotspots. Plus: sumo wrestlers and the imperial palace’s gardens!
We visit temples, drink holy water, stumble into a hidden Studio Ghibli gift shop, make friends with strangers, take over a sushi bar, and chase a baby monkey around.
Seriously, the baby monkey was adorable. I recommend skipping down to the end just for that.
We visit Koyasan, a Japanese mountain range home to a hundred temples. We see a few old buildings and learn a lot about luck.
We visit Hiroshima, taking in the horrors of the A-Bomb Dome and the beauty of the Peace Memorial. It’s a heck of a city.
On our first day in Japan, we explore Dotonbori, the acquarium, the science museum, and Osaka Tower. More importantly: lots of delicious food!
We explore museums, finance centers, and night markets. There’s a light show for good measure.
We spend four days in Singapore, which is a living vision of a future full of fantastic sights, theatre, animals, architecture, fire-eating, and more!
This week we mostly kicked back and relaxed in Hong Kong itself. Aside from generally getting to know our neighborhood, and I went to Lantau Island with some friends from school. Kat was in Malaysia for the weekend, so she was stuck in Kuala Lumpur with adorable monkeys and elephants (and Patrick, another friend from […]
The Chinese know how to kick off a school semester – with a holiday in the second week of classes. And don’t say “What about Labour Day?” – I mean a real holiday, with celebrations and traditions and history. This week we celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival (or Moon Festival), one of the three big seasonal festivals in Chinese culture. It’s a pretty big deal here – it’s like an amalgamation of Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving, except that it has floating lanterns.
We’ve now been in Hong Kong for a week (well, a week and a half), and it is treating us well. It has been a period of gradual adaptation and has featured markedly less adventure than the preceding weeks. But that doesn’t mean that there has been no adventure. We’ve been to Disneyland and mountaintops and […]