I’ve written a few short pieces for them, but this is my first published full story on Gaijinpot.com, Tokyo. Last Japan trip, I tried something new — meals in locals’ homes. So much amazing fun — I’m definitely going to do it again. The best service I found was Nagomi Visit. It’s non-profit, good value, and has the biggest network of home cooks across all four major islands. I hope I inspire you to try it!
My first Japan holiday was like the most seductive blind date. I arrived with scant preconceived notions and was electrified by an intoxicating collision of ancient serene culture and fast-paced city thrills.
Alex Kerr’s legendary book, Lost Japan, sparked the desire — it’s a journey into Japanese art forms and Kerr’s restoration of an old house in the Iya Valley, Shikoku. And when I worked in marketing at an art gallery, I promoted an exhibition combining works by Claude Monet and Japanese artists Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. (Monet was greatly influenced by Edo period prints.) Read the full story here