[Hiroshima] On Peace and Politics: The Atomic Bomb Dome

Date Visited: December 19, 2017

It was a strange thing. Right before me was a building caught in a perpetual state of ruin, not an inch different than from when an atomic bomb first hit it in 1945.  Continue reading “[Hiroshima] On Peace and Politics: The Atomic Bomb Dome”

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What’s So Fun About Traveling Solo?(Video)

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. Continue reading What’s So Fun About Traveling Solo?(Video)

Where Do We Go from Here?

Happy New Year!

The transition from one year to the next is always a busy time, but I wanted to take a moment and thank the people who have been following as well as casually dropping by this blog. 2017 has been a year of growth for Tokyo Past 3. It remains but a humble and small blog, but I’m happy that it has managed to reach more people in the past year. Continue reading “Where Do We Go from Here?”

What to Eat in Hiroshima

Date Visited: December 19-20, 2017

Hiroshima may often be associated with atomic bombs and WWII, but outside its tragic past, Hiroshima is also a place of arresting scenery and mouthwatering eats. I went to Hiroshima City and Miyajima Island in mid-December and here are some of my tastiest finds.

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When in Shizuoka, Eat Oden

Whenever September rolls in, convenience stores in Japan can be seen stocking stainless steel containers near the counter. Inside, an array of various ingredients—boiled eggs, sausages, fish cakes, radish, etc.—all soaked in brownish broth. This is oden, a traditional Japanese comfort food often enjoyed in the cold weather. Although popular in fall and winter, it can be eaten all year round, with stalls and restaurants that specialize in making them. Continue reading “When in Shizuoka, Eat Oden”

Saitama Day Trip: Spider Lilies, Vegan Cafe and Moomin Park

Seibu Pass ItineraryDate Visited: September 30, 2017

Fall is my favorite season, and my first fall trip of the year happens to be in the neighboring prefecture of Saitama. For this one-day trip, we made use of the SEIBU Pass, a one-day free ticket which you can use on all SEIBU Lines with the exception of the Tamagawa Line. Foreign visitors as well as non-Japanese residents of Japan can avail of this discounted ticket.

Our trip began at Ikebukuro Station. We booked our tickets through VELTRA, so once we got to the SEIBU Tourist Information Center inside the station, we showed the staff our mobile vouchers and got our tickets in return. After that, it’s off to our first stop: Koma Station.

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Where to Find Moomin Train Stamps along the Isumi Line

Part of the joys of being a train enthusiast in Japan is collecting train stamps. Sounds pretty geeky, but it can get quite addictive as you keep traveling. I bought my train stamp book from Maruzen and have been using it as one of the ways to record my travels. Continue reading “Where to Find Moomin Train Stamps along the Isumi Line”