It may not have the world-class skiing of Hokkaido, or the picturesque snowcapped onsen of Nagano, but Tokyo is in no short supply of budget-friendly activities for any winter wanderer.
From historical shrines, to futuristic technology, to off the wall avant-garde fashion; Japan has it all. For those short on time, all three worlds collide in the fantastically bizarre neighborhood
While my first few months in Japan have been focused largely on getting acclimated and becoming a person again, I've recently decided that it's time to get back to exploring.
Of all the times that I could have arrived at my new home in Ushiku, Japan, luck would have it that it fell the day before the Kappa Matsuri; Ushiku's