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Should You Buy the Japan Rail Pass?

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  10 Comments

This post offers details about the Japan Rail Pass, including whether it’ll be worth buying for your trip, and answers to frequently asked questions about its use. For starters, the JR Pass for foreigner visitors is a cost-effective “all inclusive” pass on the JR rail lines available for purchase outside of Japan. It allows visitors […]

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Himeji Castle Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

One of my all-time favorite experiences in Japan was our visit to Himeji Castle during cherry blossom season. In this post, we’ll detail our experience making a day-trip from Osaka to Himeji, as well as review the castle relative to other comparable places in Japan (including whether it’s worth your time if you have to […]

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The Devious Deer of Nara, Japan

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Nara, Japan is an excellent place to visit, and a big part of this is the wild deer that roam the city. You read that correctly. So, if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “gee, I really want to go to a park where I can interact with and feed a bunch of deer” then it’s […]

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50% Grey Dodge-Burn Layer Photography Tip

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  10 Comments

Today I wanted to focus on a new technique I recently learned that provides a way to non-destructively dodge and burn in Photoshop. For those unfamiliar with the dodge/burn tools, they are ways to extend the dynamic range in a single image in Photoshop, but the problem is that they normally a “destructive” ways to […]

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Cool Japanese Vending Machine Beverages

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  14 Comments

If you’ve visited Japan, you know the Japanese love vending machines. In Tokyo, there is literally a beverage vending machine on every block, and in most cases, more than one. These vending machines offer a wide variety of beverages, from delicious bubble gum flavored soda to hot coffee, to an odd assortment of drinks in […]

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Senso-ji Temple Photos & Tips

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Senso-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It is a popular destination for both the Japanese and foreign tourists, and can be very crowded at times. This article will provide photos of some highlights of Senso-ji, along with tips those considering a visit. According to legend, in the year 628, two brothers, Hinokuma Hamanari […]

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