I really like your site. I just read your Shibuya entry and learned a lot from it. (I'm presenting on Japan's modern culture in my college geography class in the morning and stumbled upon your site). I found it interesting that Japanese culture is merging with American culture at such a fast rate.
Anyhow, just thought I'd drop a line saying how much I like your place. Take care!
Thanks! Hmm, merging with American/US/Western culture... That's such a complicated process. You do see convergences, but it's also remarkable how Japanese culture is so slow to merge. I'll think about this more, and when we get back to Japan I want to spend some time on cultural stuff.
Hi, your website is fabulous. I tied to write to you but my email to your address at email@example.com bounced. Could you give me another email address to write to? Thanks
Sorry -- firstname.lastname@example.org should be working now. Thanks for letting me know it was bouncing, and I'll watch for your email.
If you are interested in doing more "outdoorsy" things in Tokyo, you might want to look into the IAC (Intl Adventure Club) or the IOC (Intl Outdoor Club)...
When I lived in Nagoya I was part of a local club, CHIC, that was started by some members of the IOC in Kansai. I don't know what the IAC or IOC functions are like, but the CHIC hikes that I went on were fantastic. There was a good mix of Japanese, foreigners new to Japan and foreigners who had been around for a while. There was also a good mix of ages and outdoor experience levels. After 8 years of living in Japan, it was one of the best groups I have been a part of...
I am living in the States now, so I don't know much about recent events in any of these groups. But it may be worth looking into...
My ideal has been to join a group where I am the only international. I'll still look for that, but after reading about your experience, I'll look into IAC too. Thanks.