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My Favorite Hotel in Tokyo

My favorite place to stay in Tokyo is The Juyoh Hotel,  The Juyoh Hotel is a wonderful, clean, safe, comfortable and friendly hotel for travelers on a budget. It is a place where you will experience the Japanese way of living, as well as meet interesting and friendly travelers from all over the world. The lovely proprietors and hosts are Toshi-san and his wife, Sakura-san, and everyone who stays at The Juyoh Hotel is treated as a member of the Juyoh family. The young staff are multilingual and always friendly and helpful. I love to stay here because the milieu is so stimulating and a lot of fun.

It is one of the most reasonable places to stay in Tokyo for the short term, and also offers the option of reduced Guest House rates if you plan to be in Tokyo for an extended period.

For further information, you can read about my Juyoh Hotel experience in my book,  The Adventures of the Wanderer. Be sure to mention me to Toshi-san and/or           Sakura-san when you stay there, and you will be well taken care of.

*Note: I write about people, places and things that deserve to be written about for one reason or another, and I am not being paid to do so.

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Asiana Airline Food

With the exception of pizza and a Coke at 10pm, followed by breakfast at midnight, the food on Asiana Airline was surprisingly good. Meals included beef steak, smoked salmon, prosciutto and gourmet cheeses.

The thing that blew my mind was the chocolate cheesecake dessert that had gold leaf on top. Mind you, I was flying economy class!


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Asian Airlines

On my trips to Asia, I have flown on three Asian Airlines: Japan Airlines, JAL; All Nippon Airways, ANA; and Asiana Airlines, which is a Korean airline.

It is my opinion that Asian airlines are some of the best because of the level of in-flight service. The very attentive and courteous flight attendants really go the extra mile taking care of the needs and comfort of the passengers. It is a tough, tiring job with full planes and long hours, yet they maintain a high level of professionalism. Their charming kindness made me feel quite pampered.

Btw, when flying to China on the Japanese or Korean airlines, there is always a short layover in either Japan or Korea on the way over and the way back, and you have the option of staying in those countries  before returning to your original destination. In regards to the Japanese airlines, there is no extra charge for doing so. Asiana Airlines does charge a stopover fee.

A big thank you to Kim and the entire in-flight crew on Asiana Airlines, Flight 214.




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Exceptional Things Readers Send Me

Advice From Dr. Chang:

Q: Doctor,  I’ve heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true?

A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.  Want to live longer?  Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?  A:  No, not at all.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up!

Q: How  can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

Q: What  are some of  the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can’t think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No pain…good!

Q:  Aren’t fried foods bad for you?  A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food are fried these day in vegetable oil.  In fact, they permeated by it.  How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?

QWill  sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Definitely not!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?  A:  Are you crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around!

Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?  A:  If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?  A:  Hey!  ‘Round’ is shape!

Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.   And  remember:   Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”

AND…..   For  those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.  It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1 The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2 The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3 The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4 The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans..

5 The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.



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Creative Thinking

As a person who has derived much personal growth and fulfillment through my lifelong involvement in creative endeavors, I believe that developing one’s ability to think creatively and living a creative life is of utmost importance.

I would like to share with you one of the most important and interesting books that I have ever read. It is about creative thinking. The book is IMAGINE, How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer. It reveals the process of creative thinking through many very interesting chapters, and by doing so, it allows us to understand how we can incorporate creative thinking into our lives.

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My Recent China Trip

I have recently returned from a book-related trip to China, and, over the next few weeks, I will be posting many new stories and things that I observed and experienced as I wandered.

My new photographs from this trip have been added to my China photo gallery.

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Hi and welcome to my blog.

Your questions and comments about my book, The Adventures of the Wanderer, China & Japan, my photographs,  travel tips or information, etc. are quite welcome.

Happy wandering…


The Wanderer