Day Trippin

It all started with the promise of ramen. Way back in my first week in Tokyo (wow, how time flies!), another girl in my homestay invited me to  go with her and her friends to the neighboring city of Yokohama. What followed were delicious food and breathtaking views. Click here to read more about my day […]

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•Jimbocho•

Used. Nearly all of the books on the overflowing shelves of this neighborhood have been used–have been finished, or flipped through or flirted with.   The patrons, the treasure seekers of these secondhand shops understand that this is a good thing. That “used” does not mean “lessened”. They understand that “worn” does not equal “forlorn”, […]

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First Impressions

Today marks the last day of my first leg in Tokyo. Lemme tell you three reasons why this was a perfect place to start this Snap Gap journey. The Hospitality Homestay placed me with a host in a suburb of the city, and nothing made me feel better about my decision to start off in […]

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Bye, America

I’m not going to lie–saying goodbye to my mom at the airport was rough. But now I’m settled on a plane, waiting for takeoff, with only 10 hours and 4,763 miles in between myself and Japan. I wonder how much things will change over these next three months, for life’s already changed over 24 hours. […]

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