disturbing the wa November 13th 2006 i am writing from the sakura hotel (a hostelnot a hotel) in jimbocho, chiyoda-ku district in tokyo. i have been travelling for five days straight without stopping now and my internal clock is fucked! i woke up, had a shower in the extremely clean and lovely power showers, sorted all my bags out and came down to the lobby ten minutes ago ready to decide what walking tour i would do from the book of ... read more
Asia » Japan » Tokyo In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
Somewhat potty-mouthed journalist who documented her 'career gap year', in which she lived out a long-cherished dream to see the world (well, Japan, Australia, South America) here between November 2006 - September 2007, in these pages. Truer than ever to say that since coming home I've been working hard and have only had time for mini-backpacking experiences across Europe, though 2012 may involve some more exotic locales.
MA student of Latin American studies from Autumn 2012, hopefully focusing on my thesis regards the Bolivian secondhand clothing market.
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