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​Don’t buy a JR Pass, it is a rip off

​Don’t buy a JR Pass, it is a rip off

Posted by James Zhang on 12th Aug 2019

I go to Japan too often, I can't remember how many times exactly, but I can tell you in 2018 was 6 times and 2019 is 5. Many of you ask me what is my tip of travelling in Japan. Here is one today.&nbs … read more
Where to buy Shigefusa in Japan?

Where to buy Shigefusa in Japan?

Posted by James Zhang on 11th Aug 2019

About Tsubame-Sanjo (燕三条) While most of us only know about Sanjo (Kanji: 三条) being a major handmade kitchen knife center in Japan (along with Sakai and Echizen). There are many big names in ter … read more
​Japan trip, July 2019, Day 4: from Sanjo to Tokyo

​Japan trip, July 2019, Day 4: from Sanjo to Tokyo

Posted by James Zhang on 9th Aug 2019

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Niigata. I don’t know, but at 5800yen (tax inclusive) per room per night is CHEAP by any measure (a similar hotel in Tokyo would probably quadruple the cost). It is … read more
Side Mission: Grab that Bottle!

Side Mission: Grab that Bottle!

Posted by James Zhang on 1st Aug 2019

I love whisky. For me, I always have a little after kids are in bed, which symbols the conclusion of the day. I will sit down in front of my PC, pour a shot or two into my Fujiyama glass (more detail … read more
Japan Trip, July 2019, Day 3: from Toyama to Sanjo

Japan Trip, July 2019, Day 3: from Toyama to Sanjo

Posted by James Zhang on 31st Jul 2019

Annual Sukenari VisitAs a tradition, we visited the Sukenari factory next morning. From the first meeting, I make sure to visit Sukenari every year, just as Hanaki-san said: “Partners need to see ea … read more