Author Archive Jason Gatewood

Jason Gatewood

Our Tokyo based collaborator is a tech nerd, Japanophile, train nut, and a veritable fountain of information on Japan. His current goal is to watch Evangelion and actually "get it", sing every permutation of "Hotel California" at any karaoke gathering, ride every bullet train line, and sample all varieties of ramen throughout Japan. Catch more of his musings at · http://jlgatewood.com

Things to do in Tokyo Over the Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It's that time of year again... You've set the toilet seat warmer on 10 to keep Jack Frost from nipping...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Get Lost Stuff Back in Japan

Nov 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

One day you're out running errands just after work. You step off the train at your home station and walk...[ Click to read more ]

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Chichibu Night Festival Near Tokyo

By Jason Gatewood

Located about 2 hours northwest of Central Tokyo, Chichibu is a small mountain community that is popular for weekend getaways...[ Click to read more ]

What is the ShichiGoSan Ceremony?

Nov 24, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Traditionally held on November 15, the Shichigosan (七五三, literally 7-5-3) ceremony is a rite that originated around 750 AD in...[ Click to read more ]

Sell Your Used Stuff on Mercari

By Jason Gatewood

Japanese accommodations are notoriously small for my American hoarding habits, and I occasionally draw the ire of my wife and...[ Click to read more ]

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English Stand-up Comedy Around Tokyo

Oct 29, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Turn on the TV at any given moment during “Golden Hour” (what we Yanks call Primetime) and you’ll no doubt...[ Click to read more ]

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Dream Yosacoy Festival

By Jason Gatewood

Yosakoi dancing started in Kochi in Shikoku around 1954 as a way to celebrate postwar reconstruction, building spirit, and teamwork....[ Click to read more ]

Talking Turkey – Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2019

Oct 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Let's face it: Thanksgiving is purely a North American holiday, meaning we shouldn't expect much fanfare here in Tokyo on...[ Click to read more ]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

Oct 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons can be appreciated wherever you live. And...[ Click to read more ]

Let’s Tour: Jimbocho Books District in Tokyo

Oct 23, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

If you’ve been hanging around Tokyo (or following our Let’s Tour Tokyo series) long enough, you’ll have no doubt found there’s...[ Click to read more ]