Category: Japan

Design Thinking for Social Innovation

March 30, 2018

This spring break, instead of jetting across the world, I decided to stay and volunteer for one of Stanford’s ‘Alternative Spring Break’ programs. In collaboration with VIA, Volunteers in Asia, the Design Thinking for Social Innovation program worked with 14 exchange students from various Japanese Universities to tackle sustainability issues in the Bay Area. My…

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July 24, 2017

I wrote this poem a while back for a blog about food and travel. It’s about a restaurant called ‘Shigetsu,’ a restaurant located inside the temple areas of Tenryuji, Kyoto. Deemed ‘the best restaurant in Kyoto,’ I had a chance to dine there myself, and was blown away. location : 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi,…

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Something Satisfying

July 22, 2017

Reality check: It’s the end of a long, two-show day, and I didn’t have a blog post pre-written for this moment. I ran out of time. Writing and posting a blog post every day is a hard challenge. But I refuse to fail. So in place of a well-researched, thoughtfully written blog post, you’re going…

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Kyoto: Mostly Food With Some Coffee And Sights [Part 2]

July 19, 2017

Have you ever had such a powerful input to one of your senses, that your entire body physically reacted? We were briskly walking through JR Kyoto Station, trying to make one of the trains towards our next destination. Inside the station, there’s all sorts of shops and stands, selling various goods and treats… typical stuff….

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Kyoto: Mostly Food With Some Coffee And Sights [Part 1]

July 18, 2017

Kyoto! The cultural hub of Japan. A must-visit destination. Bonus, it’s a foodie’s paradise! Endless temples pepper the city, each with unique design and its own historical significance. I’ll mention a few spots in this post, but definitely pick up a guide if you’re going specifically for the sightseeing. If there was ever a place…

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