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Robot Restaurant Review & Discount Ticket Info

Robot Restaurant is a show in Tokyo, Japan’s Shinjuku nightlife district, and features dancers, special effects, monsters, and more. In this review, we’ll assess whether the Robot Restaurant is worth the money, how to buy discount Robot Restaurant tickets, what you should expect, and also share a ton of photos from our experiences. (Last updated […]

The Devious Deer of Nara, Japan

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 […]

Shinjuku Samurai Museum: Tokyo Highlight or Gimmick?

The Samurai Museum is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, with exhibits featuring swords & armor, and a sword battle experience. In this review, we’ll cover whether it’s worth the money and time. Most importantly, we’ll offer feedback as to whether this attraction in Tokyo’s notorious Kabukicho district is actually a bona-fide museum, or just a tourist trap. […]

Hong Kong Hidden Gem: Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Perhaps calling the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery a “Hong Kong Hidden Gem” is a bit of hyperbole. Also known as Man Fat Tsz, the temple is listed in most guidebooks to the city and makes some ‘best of’ lists. However, it doesn’t crack TripAdvisor’s top 30, has a fraction of the Google Reviews of Tian Tan […]

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple Review, Info & Tips

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a temple in Arashiyama with a collection of 1,200 Rakan Buddhist statues. It’s one of Kyoto, Japan’s most unique and, frankly, bizarre temples. In this post, we cover whether this off-the-beaten path temple is worth your time, details about its fascinating history, and also offer some tips for visiting. Honestly, I’m still […]

The Last Bookstore: Reading is Cool Again in Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore is an iconic location in Downtown Los Angeles, transcending its place as California’s largest seller of new, used, and rare books into a quasi art installation. The Last Bookstore is also something of a cultural touchstone connecting the Age of Literacy to the Post-Information Age. In this post, we’ll share photos from […]

Cup Noodles Instant Ramen Museum Review & Tips

Osaka, Japan’s Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (the “Cup Noodles Museum”) is a magical place dedicated to all things ramen. It’s a place that allows you to jump into the production process of instant noodles,  and learn about the history of the Cup Noodles as well as its creator, Momofuku Ando. In this post, we’ll […]

Inside Los Angeles’ Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in Downtown Los Angeles and is also an ‘icon’ of Hollywood places, featuring heavily in Blade Runner. Since we just finished watching Blade Runner 2049, I figured it’d be a good time to finally post about this historic place in California. First, a bit of background. The Bradbury Building dates […]

Cool Japanese Vending Machines: Drink 2

In a previous post, I shared my odd infatuation with Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines. I wrote that back in this blog’s infancy after a couple of trips to Tokyo and Kyoto, during which I obsessed over finding and buying the oddest/coolest drinks I could find from Japan’s vending machines. Here we are 4 years and […]

Kyoto Monkey Park Photos, Tips & Review

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a gathering place of Japanese Macaque monkeys in Kyoto, Japan. This post features my photos from the park, plus tips for visiting this unique location, and a review of whether it’s worth the time and money. (Last updated September 2, 2017.) This monkey park in Kyoto is extremely cheap to visit (~$5), […]