Ahhhhhh Japan. My first foreign home (and still my favorite country in the world). By 2008 I had built up so much PTO from my corporate career that I had to “use it or lose it” — so I moved to Tokyo for six months. Little did I know that this would be the catalyst for my nomadic lifestyle…

The Land Of The Rising Sun

The HoliDaze began life as Shibuya Daze back in 2008 when I first moved to the Shibuya ward of Tokyo. After becoming nomadic I eventually got tired of the “What is Shibuya?” question and changed the name to HoliDaze in 2011. Anyway, my point is the Japan section is full of both new, interesting posts and old ramblings that are quite….raw. (Basically just a drunken journal so friends halfway around the world would know I was still alive, not anything that someone who does not know me in real life would ever want to read.)

The Japanese are better at everything....but here are the top 14 impressive Japanese innovations
Welcome to the wonderful world of Japanese toilets. Impressive. Futuristic. And yes, intimidating.
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