LWIF EP148: Tokyo by Bike

How about a bike around Tokyo… all of it. I go on a 120km trip from the Eastern banks of the Edogawa river to the Western banks of the Tamagawa river. I did a similar journey by train four years ago.

LWIF EP138: What Traditionally Making Japanese Knives is Like

Over 700 years ago, a katana master from Kyoto was searching for the perfect place to make katanas, found that Echizen had the best water and ingredients, and set up shop. Nowadays the most sought after blades in the city are chef knives. See how they’re made when we visit Ryusen Hamono, which hand makes the knives that are a Japanese traditional craft. Thanks to Ryusen Hamono for letting me film. What are traditional crafts like where you’re from?

LWIF EP136: Why Japan Isn’t Cutting Down Enough of its Trees

Visit https://teamtrees.org and lets get some trees planted! #teamtrees I started off making this nice video about how Japan got its forests back through afforestation. Then I did too much researching on the Internet and came to the conclusion that Japan should be chopping down some of its trees. Trust me, it’ll all make sense once you watch the video… I hope.

LWIF EP135: Japan: Where Gods Aren’t Gods and Worshipers Aren’t Religious

Have you ever wondered about all the gates (torii) you see around Japan? They are entrances to the sacred ground of Shinto shrines (jinja). While some might see Japan’s traditional practices of Shinto as a religion, and their various kami as gods, it’s not quite as simple as that. Special thanks to David Chart for explaining the ins and outs of Shinto. Find out more about Shinto on his blog at https://www.mimusubi.com/ and support his writing on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/mimusubi.

LWIF EP134: Trying to Eat ALL of Japan’s Frozen Treats

I wanted to show all the variety of Japanese ice cream and other frozen desserts that you can get at the supermarket. Unfortunately, I’m bad at math, and didn’t comprehend that eating 53 treats would take a long time to do, but it would also make a LONG video. After many failed attempts at shortening this beast of a project, it’s still just shy of 50 minutes long. For all you frozen treat lovers, I hope you enjoy the dedication. My waistline sure did!