Hello and welcome to Jimmy in Japan.

Jimmy in Japan is my first attempt at blogging. I have travelled to Japan three times now with my wife, who is Japanese, and an amazing tour guide, for two weeks each visit. I have experienced quite a bit from Tokyo to Kyushu and am here to share it all with you.

The main goal is to provide those interested in traveling to Japan with some advice about what to see, eat and do. It is also my intent to encourage you to visit Japan. As you browse my website I am sure you will want to go!

I do not live in Japan. I currently live in New York City but, as my Japanese friend says, "Japan is not just a place but a state of mind, like Zion." I do plan on returning as often as I can especially since my wife's family lives in Nara.

I am also learning, slowly, to speak Japanese and I have an idea that I may share some of the basics that might help you if you choose to visit Japan. Do not expect too much from this but I'll try.

This site is perpetually a work in progress. I am learning as I go. I am certainly not an expert on anything Japanese nor do I pretend to be. Also, I do not consider myself a writer or photographer of any great skill level.

Please let me know what you think in the comments. I welcome constructive criticism and certainly would appreciate any corrections should I be wrong in my understanding of things along the way.

For my Japanese friends I have added a feature that uses Google Translate so that you may choose to view the site in Japanese. This option is located at the top right corner of the site. This technology is not always accurate so please excuse the translations if they do not make sense or appear rude or insensitive.

Most Recent Blog Posts

December 10, 2017
Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

Floating observatory at the Umeda Sky Building. Umeda Sky Building. We were meeting a friend of my wife near Osaka station and happened to arrive early. […]
October 7, 2017

Lets count in Japanese!

Let’s count to 100 in Japanese! Konnichiwa, today we are going to learn to count in Japanese. I have painstakingly created these images with Adobe Photoshop […]
October 6, 2017
Hakata Gion Yamakasa

Hakata Gion Yamakasa

Hakata Gion Yamakasa We were very excited to witness some of the festival known as Hakata Gion Yamakasa. This takes place every year in the first […]
September 28, 2017
Nara Park

The Sika Deer of Nara Park

Nara Park Nara Park is one of the oldest public parks in Japan. Located in the city of Nara in the Kansai region which is the […]
September 27, 2017

Goshuin, the honorable red-stamp notebook.

Collecting Goshuin Goshuin, or Shuin(the “go” is an honoriffic to show respect) are special stamps that you can receive from most Japnese temples and shrines. The […]
September 14, 2017
kitano Tenmangu

Kitano Tenmangu

Lots to see and do at Kitano Tenmangu! We visited Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in the northwest part of Kyoto. It is a great place to visit […]
September 4, 2017
Beppu Beach Sand Bath

Beppu Beach Sand Bath

Beppu Beach Sand Bath Before leaving Beppu we made a visit to the Beppu Beach Sand Bath, or Sand Onsen. Beppu is famous for their onsen. […]
September 3, 2017
Hyogo Daibutsu

Hyogo Daibutsu

Hyogo Daibutsu Nofukuji Temple It was raining the day we went to Kobe but I had to see the Hyogo Daibutsu at Nofukuji Temple. We did […]