This week’s FriFotos theme is ‘thanks,’ meant to coincide with Thanksgiving. Unfortunately since I am in southeast Asia and have no family, either here or anywhere else in the world, I do not celebrate this holiday anymore.
I am however still thankful for lots in my life. The awesome job that I left behind to travel the world — without which I never would have had the funds for these last 4-1/2 years. The amazing friends I have met along my journeys. All the eye-opening and sometimes stomach-churning foods I’ve endured in remote areas. And of course the fact that I have learned lots about not only this great world but also myself.
But if there is one thing I am most thankful for, more than anything else out there, it is my first trip to Japan
That trip is not only what kick-started my global travels but it also further cemented my love of Japanese food and culture. To this day Japan is still one of my hands-down favorite countries in the world.
Part of what made that country and my three months there so impressive — beyond the food, culture, and sights — were some of the friends I’d made. One of them, pictured above, was actually Yakuza. Let me tell you, traveling around Tokyo with him was AMAZING! Everywhere we went people were coming up to him, bowing and giving their respects. When we went out to the clubs at we also got in the back door, no cover charge, no security check. Places with strict rules on no photography seemingly forgot this rule when the camera was in his hand. In fact I found that most places I went with ████████ the rules didn’t matter; we did what we wanted.
I’ve written about these experiences briefly before, when I first decided to start blogging. As the years have passed these epic memories have grown no less vivid in my head. Of course few ever read those writings because back then I didn’t have much of a readership / following.
So as a Thanksgiving present to you and a way to give thanks to those places and people that inspired me to become a globetrotting adventurer, I present to you a few of my favorite articles on the magnificent Japan:
Japanese Toilets: Impressive, Futuristic, And Daunting To First-Timers
14 Amazing & Impressive Japanese Innovations
Nonbeiyokocho (“Drunkards’ Alley”)
Japanese Lodging: Try Something Different
The Absolut Ice Bar Tokyo
VIP Partying In Tokyo