Going up?

Climbing up and down the narrow, twisting staircase in a hostel isn’t too bad when your room is on the fourth floor; but if you’re booked into a room on the eighth floor, it’s not long before that slow, creaky antique elevator with manually operated doors starts to look pretty good. For some reason, last year I’d convinced myself that […]

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Made in Japan

NOTE: I wrote this post two days ago, on August 24, but I couldn’t get it to publish on my phone. So here it is, a couple of days late. Today I visited the mall in San Francisco’s Japantown — and I could barely manage to drag myself away from the place! I’m really not much of a shopper and I don’t care about the latest trends or (most of) the cute toys, but I found myself wanting to take home one of everything. It’s all too easy to fill up your shopping basket at Daiso, because most of the items cost only $1.50, and nothing is more than $5. And then there’s the bookstore, Kinokuniya — but I’ll save that confession for later! Let’s just say I’m going to desperately miss the Japan Center Mall when I return home.

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