Ogasawara, Ye ‘Ol Land o’ Tropical Paradise

Thinking of visiting Ogasawara or staying at Pelan Village? You’ve come to the right place. This photo gallery will give you a photographic glimpse into what life is like on this gorgeous island.   Click each photo to enlarge it and read a description.   These pictures mostly sum up all the perks of visiting…

Celebrate Mt. Takao’s Earthly Delights at the New Takao 599 Museum

Sick of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and itching to get away for a day?

Then I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Merely an hour’s ride from metropolitan Tokyo, in Hachiōji, there is a mountain resplendent with scenic beauty, hiking trails, and a buddhist temple. This stout mountain is home to more than 1,200 different kinds of plant life, wild boars, monkeys, and all sorts of feathered friends. Visitors who venture onto the mountain after sunset may be lucky enough to catchy a glimpse of musasabi, a Japanese giant flying squirrel, soaring overhead.

Subterranean Youth Culture: LOLITA

Lolita Want to look tea-party-cute whilst rebelling against the patriarchy? Then go Lolita! A style that found its beginnings in the 1990s, Lolita is popular amongst grown woman who seek to escape the confines of societal expectation to dress to please the male gaze. The style can be interpreted as a method of escapism and a return to the…

Tokyo Daze

A couple weekends ago, I visited Harrison Salton in the great bustling city of Tokyo. We had loads of fun, hopping from Harajuku, to the famous crosswalk in Shibuya, to the Golden Gai bar district in Shinjuku. I even got a chance to stroll through the gorgeous grounds of the Meiji Shrine, a stone’s throw…

Subterranean Japanese Youth Culture: Fighting Conformist Style

In this blog post, we’ll explore a few youth groups that deviate from cultural norms by heavily investing in rebellion, deviance, and individualism. They risk social approval and at times, a steady job.   Crowd Their faces move in stillness. In the shinkansen, at Shinjuku Station, during peak travel hours, bodies press, compress, and lift…