Deb Aoki

A night in an Iceland Buubble

When people think of lodging in the far north, they often envision the famous ice hotels and glamping igloos. Well, guess what? There are no ice hotels in Iceland! You can only find them in Canada, Sweden, Japan, Finland, Norway,…

Skál! An Iceland adventure

As many of you know, Iceland is a (figuratively) hot destination for travel right now. Blogger Deb Aoki and I became two of the 2 million visitors to the Nordic island recently, and that was quite the adventure! I’m going to…

Tokyo: One last look … until next time

I know, this blog post is pretty delayed, sorry! I had to finish my Japan adventures before I could start on my new one. Run! Godzilla overlooking Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. The rooms looking at his face are sold out. I…

Touring the Hitachino Nest beer brewery

Deb’s route took us north toward the coast, to Hitachinaka. Yes, Hitachi brand is the primary employer in this area, so pretty much everything bears its name. These towns are cute, but really small, so it was appropriate that I…

A quick stop in Takasaki

When traveling through Japan with my buddy Deb Aoki, it really is about the journey and not the destination. The destinations are great, but the only way we can make little discoveries is to stop along the way and see…

Art, scotch and soba in Kobuchizawa

If you randomly look at Kobuchizawa on a map, you may wonder why people would ever peg it as a destination. It’s kind of on the road to the middle of nowhere and it doesn’t seem like there’s much around…

Tokyo day trip: The Hakushu distillery

You know it’s a nice day in Tokyo when you can see Mt. Fuji. The view from Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro. We had originally planned to visit the Yamazaki whisky distillery in Osaka, but found that it would be closed in…

How to spend your first night in Tokyo

I’m back on the road again, and yes, back in Japan, but I try to get a different experience every time I return to any destination. It’s always an adventure with my classmate, manga/anime blogger Deb Aoki, so be sure…

Day trip from Tokyo: Niigata

Although the big city is fun, it’s nice to get away and see what kinds of rural escapes are nearby. One of those spots is Niigata, an area north of Tokyo. We caught the JR Express (just a couple of…

San Francisco: One last look

I promise, here’s my last San Francisco blog for this trip!I love visiting my classmate Deb Aoki (@DebAoki) — she’s fun, a foodie, and knows all the cute places to eat and shop in the Bay Area. I BART’ed out…

San Francisco: Adventures in Napa

If you’re a foodie, no trip to the Bay Area is complete without a visit to Napa. This bustling wine farm community has made its mark as an ultimate food and wine destination for people the world over, and constantly…

Tweeting up in Napa

I had a great time on my final last day in San Francisco, hanging out with my Kawananakoa classmate Debora Aoki. She now lives in the Bay Area and is an “arteest” known for her About.com blog on manga.Even back…

San Francisco Day 2: Off The Grid

My classmate Deb Aoki and twitter friends Kendall and Alyce Lee had told me about Off The Grid, which bills itself as a “mobile food extravaganza.” Even with that description, Lynda and I both thought it was one fabulous food…