Writer: Jackson Lee

Jackson is a Hong-Kong born Canadian loving and living in Japan. His passions are karaoke, ramen (tonkotsu) and Doraemon. Why Doraemon? The story of a futuristic robot cat bringing gadgets from the future to make the mundane life more interesting was a huge part of his childhood and a pillar of his imagination. Finally he got to live in Doraemon's world! Well, Doraemon isn’t real but here he is now, and he loves it.

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5 Reasons to Travel in Japan by Rental Car

My friends and relatives visiting Japan always ask me this one question before visiting: should I rent a car? It really depends on which part of Japan you are visiting, but in general, unless you are visiting a major city like Tokyo and Osaka and planning to stay in the city throughout your trip, there are many benefits to having a car to travel in when you are here.

Ocean Harmony – Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Ocean Harmony – Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa

Okinawa always brings people the lovely imagine of a blue clear ocean. Many tourists both from within and outside the country visit Okinawa every year to enjoy the time in the water. What if you want to see more ocean life? Or you are visiting during a season not suitable to swim? Or, if you are someone like me, what if you cannot swim?

Michelin 1 Star Tantanmen – Nakiryu Ramen

These are delicacies that are way beyond what I can afford, and even if I can, I would rather go for my favourite bowl of ramen instead for much cheaper. So when a friend told me about the Michelin 1 star ramen restaurants in Japan, specifically in Tokyo, I thought that I have no excuses not to try it the next time I was in the area. Nakiryu ramen, famous for the tantanmen was my next destination.

Dodgeball – Japanese Style

Now that I am teaching in Japan, dodgeball is one of the most popular pass times during recess, and I play dodgeball with my students as often as I can (but only limited to elementary school kids excluding Gr.6 boys). What I didn’t know at first and surprised me was how different the rules are in Japan…What do you mean we are going outside? Why is he standing outside the court?

5 Cheapest Accommodations in Japan

Traveling is not cheap, and a huge part of the cost comes from accommodation. Sure, you don’t have to stay in a fancy hotel. However, some of us (hello!) want to save as much as possible so we can splurge our budget on other parts of the trip, such as trying out all the high quality local cuisines.

Know Your Noodles: Yokohama Iekei Ramen

I have introduced Taiwan ramen and tsukemen, which were invented in the 60s and 70s, as well as the more recent boom of the Toripaitan (chicken soup). Today, let’s take a look at another ramen that has been enjoying its raise in popularity recently: the Yokohama Iekei ramen

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