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Tour de Japon – A mini journey across Japan’s prefectures with Nihonbashi’s antenna shops

Since its beginnings, the Nihonbashi area has been a central trading hub for Tokyo, and has remained a glamorous shopping paradise until this day. But Nihonbashi has more to offer than its famous luxury department stores.  Currently the hashtag #dreamnowtravellater is trending, so if you are in Tokyo anyway, why not be inspired for your …

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On Never Going Back: The Tragedy and Hope of Change During Covid-19

It’s hard to describe how profound things are changing. I think we are all aware that this is a very serious crisis, and that this virus is affecting us in ways that we have never experienced before. But it’s difficult, perhaps impossible, to foresee how these radical shifts to our lifestyles and livelihoods will continue …

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Space To Ourselves: Spatial Empathy During Covid-19

(Photo by Chloe @https://www.instagram.com/chloer._/) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about space. Space as in the universe above us, but also the physical space that we occupy; the geography, both personal and impersonal, that delimits our daily lives and defines ourselves and our imaginations. The former is endless, completely open–the exact opposite of my own …

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Happiness Part 3: Towards Imagining an Afterwards and Rebuilding Ourselves

(Photo courtesy of Chloe @https://www.instagram.com/chloer._/) This week I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness (minus a slight emotional digression yesterday): what it means to be happy during this period of hardship and isolation during the covid-19 pandemic, how we can begin to redefine and reconstruct what it means in our own lives. There have been …

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The Things We Carried: An Ode to Commuter Passes and the Little Details of Life

My commuter pass expired today. It’s one of those small details of daily life whose absence, and the reminder of whose absence, carries such gravity these days. I was out running errands and shopping for groceries when I passed the train station near my house. I remembered that my commuter pass was about to expire, …

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Shibuya, Tokyo

Top Things to do in Shibuya 2020: 15 Cool Places to Spend Your Time (That Aren’t Hachiko and the Scramble)

You made it to Shibuya! You probably took a selfie with Hachiko, the faithful dog. Maybe you bravely went with the flow and made it to the other side of the iconic Shibuya scramble crossing. And now what? You might be thinking about heading off to the next great sight that Tokyo has to offer …

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