Here in Tochigi prefecture, the scenery is beautifully dominated by rice fields and wooded mountains.
This is a famous shopping district in Ueno.
Every year, many Japanese stroll through a park or sit down under a sakura tree for food and drinks with friends.
This place was little more than a small house with a living room converted to seat a few extra guests. The couple who owned it were warm and friendly, as you might expect.
Cheaply bought Japanese steak. It really is different. You can plainly see it. The taste is amazing, but I kinda like the texture of what we eat in America.
They are expensive and usually congested, but Japanese highways roll through some beautiful country when you make it out of the city.
Odds are, this will be the first and last thing you see when you visit Tokyo Disney Sea. Many of my visits have ended with me catching my breath and relaxing my feet while looking at the globe before the trip home.
Driving through Niigata, you come across plenty of small cities. It is quite a relief when compared to the Tokyo area.
In Japan, hockey isn't unheard of, but it isn't especially popular. Like in America, hockey seems to be a regional sport in Japan. It is played much more in the north and in the mountains than it is around Tokyo. I caught a couple games that were
These guys really hold a special place in Japanese culture. Their graves are in the middle of nowhere in particular in Tokyo, but people still come and they really do show respect.
It is a shame more of the architecture from industrializing Japan doesn't still stand, but it is nice to see an attempt to keep it alive with the station at Harajuku. Oddly enough, it is a district known to be ultra-modern in terms of style.
Festival goers parade their neighborhood\'s mikoshi around town on a hot and humid day.
I'm not a huge sake drinker, but I do enjoy it every now and then. There are seemingly limitless variations and brands to choose from, but somehow, they all manage to make really cool looking bottles.
Too many people think of futuristic cities when they think of Japan. There is a whole other side of it just a short drive from the major cities.
It isn't easy to find a decent burger in Japan. It is a shame to pass up a chance to eat a Japanese meal, but if you've been here long enough, an American hamburger is a nice way to go back home for a bit, even if it costs twenty bucks.
The buildings in Kusatsu fit the atmosphere and look great. The main attractions here are the natural public baths and the skiing.
A traditional Japanese meal for the New Year holiday, osechi. If you get the chance, give it a try. Half of the stuff is genuinely delicious, and the other half seems to be an acquired taste.
At times you can barely move in them, but when the train stations settle down, you might be the only one hopping on your train.
The famous electric district in Tokyo, Akihabara is an otaku's paradise. It is one of the most unique districts in Tokyo. The great thing about it is that it attracts so many tourists, but it is still made for the game/cosplay/maid loving otaku who
The cakes in Japan aren't like they are in America, but they are still great!