Just Play: When You’re Missing Japan…

This just in: Some things are different in other places. Some things are the same. Some things are kind of both. Here are a few of the things that are “so Japan” and their sneaky US counterparts. It normal to wish you were in Japan. Next time you feel that sad longing, just reach for this handy list of things to scratch the itch. Be … Continue reading Just Play: When You’re Missing Japan…

Forecastle Festival – From Thom

Erica says that we should both highlight what we like about Forecastle Festival in Louisville, there’s so much to love – she’s probably right (normally is anyway). As a bit of background: This is our 3rd year to go to Forecastle Festival – and while not the biggest festival in the states by far (or our home state of Texas!) – it has a family … Continue reading Forecastle Festival – From Thom

A Classless Guide to Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

This weekend we’ll be back in America’s Most Underrated and Mispronounced City – Louisville, Kentucky – for our third year of Forecastle Festival. It’s three days of music, bourbon, and general fun beside the river. Louisville itself is a lesser known and therefore laid back smaller city with plenty of music/art/hipster amenities. For a midwestern kid who’s now adopted Dallas, it seems like it sits … Continue reading A Classless Guide to Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY

Trinkets to Have – from Japan

I have always liked to collect things. I think it’s human nature. Most everyone has a passion or a collection of something, but beyond the every day collection – many people keep mementos or trinkets from their journey through life. Postcards along the way. While in Japan, here a few things that we snagged along the way – either for us or for someone else. … Continue reading Trinkets to Have – from Japan

Not a Tourist Attraction in Tokyo

As I’ve gotten older, and done more traveling, I’ve all but lost the cynical snobbery I once had towards tourist attractions. Even if an attraction is manufactured or highly commercial, what a place wants to show to visitors does show you something about that place. I’ve embraced taking the same picture that everyone takes on Abbey Road; I admit that you really should see the … Continue reading Not a Tourist Attraction in Tokyo

How to Eat, Drink, Play, and Love…

Eat. Eat something local. Eat something to remind you of home. Eat something you ordered by mistake in a language you don’t speak. Finish all of your one pound hamburger and its free. Fail to describe the texture of cooked jellyfish. Eat a gas station hotdog for breakfast after sleeping in your car. Eat more because your friend’s mother is using all of her memory … Continue reading How to Eat, Drink, Play, and Love…