traveling before Instagram

How this week’s fire at Notre Dame triggered memories of 15 years ago

[blog] omotenashi Nippon with Arashi

As if Arashi fangirls need more convincing to go to Japan but thank you Japan National Tourism Organization for putting more preshah (pressure) on us. Arashi has been promoting Japan as a tourist destination since 2011, months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. And in an old NHK music program video, Jun did tell a…

[blog] when fangirls travel

When I look back to 10 years ago, I can’t believe the crazy things I did traveling across Europe whether on my own or with friends, taking advantage of living in a region that has very good train infrastructure. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do those crazy stunts again with the confidence…

[blog] Arashi, CNBLUE, Nagoya.

[Yes, here it comes and it may be long.] Life is too short to wait forever. – @ArashiTsu   This has got to be the fangirl trip of my life… so far. I totally bought into the adage that you only live once so on December 1, I found myself dragging my suitcase through Nagoya…

[blog] these are a few of my favorite things

(With apologies to Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and The Sound of Music.)   A weekend spent in bed without interruption Well-written fan fiction that feeds my addiction Dramas that leave me with only nice feelings These are a few of my favorite things     Tokyo, Taipei, London and Barcelona Travel, airplanes, iPod and…

omedetou gozaimasu, Tokyo!!!

The biggest news today: Tokyo, omedetou gozaimasu!!! Congratulations!!! Banzai!!! I was staring at that logo in a story earlier when it struck me. Chotto matte, isn’t that… one-two-three-four-five… masaka, isn’t that Arashi’s colors? In contrast to the official Olympic colors (as seen in the Olympic logo below) that leaves Matsujun out with his purple, Tokyo’s…

TOKYO SKYTREE is the new TOKYO TOWER for J-dramas

Tokyo Tower is beloved by Tokyoites and tourists alike. The first time I went to Tokyo, I spent an entire night just staring at the tower until the lights went out. Crazy I know especially when in the morning, the tower, in its dull red-orange paint, totally looks unappealing. But it is one of Tokyo’s…