My Solo Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Japan Alone

I count my blessings often that I have a job that has provided me with the ability to do some traveling. I had always written off Japan as being too expensive while growing up, but between student loan and rent payments, I’ve been fortunate to scrap together the money to…

The Osomatsu-san Cafe Experience

Anime food tastes better than regular food. It’s a fact that anything with your favorite character on it is going to taste better, and Osomatsu-san‘s staff seems to know this well. At any given time around Tokyo, there’s an event happening featuring exclusive merchandise or goodies to obtain. It’s equal…

My Mission in Trying Everything at Shirokuma Cafe

The first time I went to Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear’s Cafe) in Tokyo’s Takadanobaba neighborhood, I was shaking. Shirokuma Cafe is one of my favorite shows, and after I learned there was a real cafe, it became my life’s mission to go. I’m happy to report that I went and…

I Tried These Osomatsu-san Sheet Masks So You Don’t Have To

Welcome to 2017! My new year’s resolution is to take better care of myself. Both superficially (being kinder to my skin), mentally (not being so hard on myself), and from the inside out (cooking more and not eating so recklessly). It’s a bonus when I can keep up with my…

Hide and Seek with Osomatsu-san in Roppongi

You usually don’t have to play hide and seek with Osomatsu-san when in Japan. They come to you. They’re everywhere. Their big eyes watch you from every shop window, you hear Iyami singing in every Tower Records, you hear the opening themes blaring from the open door of every arcade…