Posts Written OnFebruary 2018

LWIF EP97: Japanese vs. American Hamburger (ハンバーグ vs. ハンバーガー)

Did you know that in Japan they have a hamburger that is a bit different than an American hamburger. No, we’re not talking about the one’s with buns, eggs, or avocados on top. They do have that. No. We’re talking about the hambagu (ハンバーグ), which is very much different than the hambaga (ハンバーガー). It generally comes with no bun, is made with a mix of beef and pork, and can come with demi-glace sauce or daikon radish on top, and even some cheese inside. So the word hambaga comes from Hamburg steak, which is the original German version of the…

LWIF X EP29: Would you do a Documentary About War? Q+A v1

In this month’s Q+A about life in Japan, I answer the following questions: When you’re out in the city and want a quick meal, what restaurant or food would you recommend? If someone at school asked your kids what your work is, what would they answer? What in your life has changed most since moving to Japan Often in the western world there is a bit of stigma around jobs such as retail working, working at fast food places, receptionists, etc etc. They are thought off as bad jobs and something for teenagers, retirees, uneducated people, lazy people, you get…

LWIF X EP28: More Tips on Surviving Your First Hour in Japan

So, I made a Japanese travel guide video about what to do in the first 60 minutes after landing in Japan. There were a LOT of questions plus some very helpful tips given by the community. I wanted to share them with you, so here you go. The guide I reference, with most of the links, is at The only thing I know isn’t in there is Hyperdia for transportation routing, which you can find at And oh yeah, here’s the link to the Japan Travel Wiki on Reddit

LWIF EP96: What’s in our Japanese Earthquake Emergency Bag? Seriously, we don’t know!

We have an earthquake emergency bag in our house, but we don’t actually know what’s in it, and in fact, we don’t even remember where it is! But we eventually locate it and use the handy disaster preparedness guide that the government of Tokyo sent us to check and see if we have the necessities to survive an earthquake. Links → Disaster Preparedness Tokyo Free English Booklet: → Earthquake Survival Bag Amazon US: → Earthquake Survival Bag Amazon Japan: What’s in your emergency bag where you’re from?

LWIF EP95: Snow Day in Asakusa (Senso-ji)

Woke up in Tokyo on February 2nd, 2018 to snow falling down from the sky. Since it only snows a few times, if that, in Tokyo, I packed up my camera and headed out to capture it before it was gone. I visited one of the biggest tourist traps in Tokyo, the oldest buddhist temple the city has, Senso-ji.

LWIF EP93: How To Survive Your First Hour in Japan (but really Tokyo)

I’ve finally caved and made a video about how to get by in Japan when you first step off the plane. The fact of the matter, is that if you’re coming to Japan, you’ll probably be arriving at one of Tokyo‘s two international Airports: Narita or Haneda. For that reason, and the fact that I live in Tokyo, I’ll be covering this from the perspective of landing at those airports. Here’s the things you’ll wanted to get sorted in your first 60 minutes.