Izu: where the cool kids go to get away from it all.

It was an impromptu decision. A Japanese friend called a guest house and made a reservation for me, I hopped on the Keio line then, Chuo line en route to Tokyo station, I bought a Non-Reserved Shinkansen ticket grabbed a … Continue reading Izu: where the cool kids go to get away from it all.

The Fuchu Art Museum and the herald’s of spring 

I started the day in my neighborhood of Inokashira park. I walked through Inokashira park which is adjacent to my house, to see if I could spot any early blooming Sakura (Cherry blossoms), no luck only a few Ume (Plum … Continue reading The Fuchu Art Museum and the herald’s of spring 

Hong Kong Style Typhoon Shelter Crab & Shrimp

Treat yourself to an authentic taste of Hong Kong with this easy to make recipe for Hong Kong style Typhoon Shelter Stir fried Crab & Shrimp!   Continue reading Hong Kong Style Typhoon Shelter Crab & Shrimp

Happy New Year from Asakusa! Featuring a war of the Yaki’s: Tokyo v.s. Osaka. Park Guen Hye v.s. the people. And a boisterous dinner party between Japanese and Korean friends.

My family is .000000001% Scottish so naturally we have a New Years tradition of “First footing”. An American tradition loosely derived from the Scottish tradition where the first person to cross the threshold of the house forebode good or bad … Continue reading Happy New Year from Asakusa! Featuring a war of the Yaki’s: Tokyo v.s. Osaka. Park Guen Hye v.s. the people. And a boisterous dinner party between Japanese and Korean friends.

Fall in Love with Kansai

Happy Fall! Take a Quick Zip on Shinkansen through Southern Japan. Osaka, Kyoto & Nara!     Continue reading Fall in Love with Kansai

Days in the east…..The End of Summer catch up: Powerful Moments in HK, Stranger Things in Yedo

One of the most wonderful things about living and traveling abroad is that your notions will often change. Notions about the world, your home country (wherever that may be), and notions about yourself will forever change and you will hold … Continue reading Days in the east…..The End of Summer catch up: Powerful Moments in HK, Stranger Things in Yedo

Loads of Fun in Kaohsiung!

From the time the jet banked through the puffy nimbus clouds I had a good feeling about this place! As we were making our final descent into the South Taiwanese city I could see bluffs reminiscent of the Southern California coastline, … Continue reading Loads of Fun in Kaohsiung!

Black Whalers of the 18th & 19th Centuries

by Brandon Bell As an enthusiast of all types of Cetaceans its difficult for me to process Whaling and those who participate in the industry. The intellect, curiosity and complex social dynamics of these magnificent creatures in some ways mirror … Continue reading Black Whalers of the 18th & 19th Centuries

Seattles Best…Ramen?

by Brandon Bell   In truth Seattle’s known as a coffee town, Starbucks leads the pack followed by a few local favorites such as Cherry Street Coffee house and, Ballard Coffee Works. Here Coffee shops are Ubiquitous, you WILL drink … Continue reading Seattles Best…Ramen?

Plank Kings of the Pacific Northwest

The Salish Indian tribes of the Northwest have always had a rich tradition of Seafood, diets of early tribes consisted of Clams, Oysters, Sea lion and especially Salmon. They considered Salmon their most plentiful food source and at the start … Continue reading Plank Kings of the Pacific Northwest