Every now and then your luck turns against you and you meet a rotten apple. This is one such story.
In the quiet neighborhood of Setagaya, the lucky cats of Gōtokuji beckon curious passers-by, perhaps saving weary soul or two.
Solo travel isn't as lonely or as daunting as it may seem. It helped me transform from someone who vicariously experiences adventures through fiction to someone actually living them out.
Travel, for me, is about finding the beauty in the fleeting moments, whether it's an old man trying to take a photo of his wife, or a young mother taking her two sons out.
What makes Shizuoka's oden so good? It's served hot, straight out of the pot and with fascinating stories.
Sadness was, after all, a familiar friend, one that you no longer shut the door to as you grow older; one that you invite in, chat with, and say goodbye to knowing that you'll see each other again.
Located at the fringes of western Tokyo, Okutama is a town that offers the quiet majesty of nature to anyone who drops by for a visit. I walked the Otama Trail for my first ever solo hike, which gave way to a lot of reflection.