Lost In Translation

The Selfie Stick

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The Selfie Stick

When I was traveling through one of Korea’s most popular traditional cities, I can’t recall anything that I saw. I simply don’t remember. I know that I had people-watched. But not the sort of people watching that one does at a cafe, gazing at the locals going about their daily rituals; I watched the other tourists, who were obsessed with their selfie sticks. Read more

Parking in Waikiki, Jaywalking in Honolulu, and Getting Screwed by Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler and the Hukelau CafeI like to go against the grain when I travel. But on Oahu, sometimes it’s safer to conform.

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Surfing Japan: Lost in Translation

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Surfing Japan

I was only in Tokyo for Sunday and Monday, but surfing Japan was a top priority.  Of those two days, however, only the second seemed to promise any swell. A few years prior, I had met a Japanese surfer in Panama; he could only say two words in English: surf and food. When I told him that I wanted to surf in Japan one day, he held up a thumb and said “Chiba. Surf. Enami.” Enami, I figured, from my understanding of the word tsunami and from the constant approval his one thumb kept offering meant “good wave.”

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Best Thing to Do in Tokyo: Ignore Travel Blogs

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Best Thing to do in Tokyo Ramen
Before arriving in Tokyo, I had attempted to plot out my meals. I had enough time for seven. But as I researched the city, a place that has the most Michelin-starred restaurants than any other destination in the world, I began to feel overwhelmed. The best sushi in Tokyo was upwards of $200 per person and closed on Sundays, one of the two full days that I would be in Tokyo. And how did I narrow down the ramen spots? What about kaiseki? Read more

Koreans and Jews

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Koreans and Jews

I once had a Korean tour guide in Toronto who, after showing us the old Jewish district, said, “We Koreans are the Jews of the Asians.” It was a funny statement at the time, but after traveling to Korea, I sort of see what he means. First, it’s in the name of the people. For the better part of a millennium, the Koreans were part of the Chosun Dynasty, so, I think it’s fair to say that they are also the Chosun people.

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