Author: Dan

Visual Journey: Hiking The Yamadera 1,000 Steps

Visual Journey: Hiking The Yamadera 1,000 Steps

I overestimated for this hike. It was October in Sendai and it was cold. I was wearing shorts. My supplies were limited to one bottle of water and my camera since I wanted to pack very light. 1,000 steps is not a lot. You can […]

Ramen Review: Japan’s Ichiran Ramen Chain

Ramen Review: Japan’s Ichiran Ramen Chain

Ichiran Ramen is a very popular ramen chain restaurant that can be found throughout Japan and around the world.  The first Ichiran was established in Fukuoka making it a specialty dish for the city. There are several locations throughout the city which are all marked […]

Memoirs From Marugame: Everything I Learned To Appreciate

Memoirs From Marugame: Everything I Learned To Appreciate

I told some of my coworkers at Disney about the restaurant job. They thought I was doing the job for fun, that’s not correct.  I’m doing the job for pain.  Pain to have a much greater appreciation for everything I do.  Also to understand more […]

A Trip To Universal Studios Japan: Jump Summer 2017

A Trip To Universal Studios Japan: Jump Summer 2017

I love and hate Japanese theme parks. Theme park guests can dress in costumes and some of them are amazing! Some of them are not. It’s very crowded, but everyone is still very polite and patient.  As long as you keep that in mind, you […]

Memoirs From Marugame: Day 10 and My 2 Weeks Notice

Memoirs From Marugame: Day 10 and My 2 Weeks Notice

Not much to report on Day 10. I don’t find the job very difficult and now find it boring.  I think I’d be comfortable quitting knowing that it’s just because I’m bored and not because the job is too painful. By comparison to my office […]

Universal Studios Japan: Gintama Live Talk Show

Universal Studios Japan: Gintama Live Talk Show

Gintama is probably my favorite anime of all time. It’s hilarious, clever, creative and action packed. If that’s the type of show you like, watch a few episodes and you’ll be hooked! So, when I found out there’d be a live show at USJ, we […]

Memoirs From Marugame: Destroyed Hands – Day 9

Memoirs From Marugame: Destroyed Hands – Day 9

It’s my 9th day working at a restaurant and I’m very tired of it. I think It’s mostly cause it’s boring. Anytime I’m learning something new and interesting time passes by quickly.  If it’s boring, time stands still.

Universal Studios Japan: Dragonball Z 4D Experience

Universal Studios Japan: Dragonball Z 4D Experience

USJ is known for having anime related special events during the summer. I’ve gone several times for the One Piece Premier Show and this year I missed it. But I did make time for the Dragonball Z 4D show.

Memoirs From Marugame: Cash Me Inside – Day 8

Memoirs From Marugame: Cash Me Inside – Day 8

Day 8 and I’m the cashier again today. I’d gladly do this than washing dishes.  It’s probably the easiest job at the restaurant but I’m getting further from my goals of becoming a cook.

Osaka Survival: Drinking, Throwing Ninja Stars and Karaoke

Osaka Survival: Drinking, Throwing Ninja Stars and Karaoke

While walking around the food alleys south of Dotonbori, we passed by a sign that got my attention: Ninja Karaoke Izakaya.  Those are three magical words to get me to go check something out.