Guide to the Tokyo Subway 1-3 Day Pass (2019 Update)

A how-to guide for the Tokyo subway pass that saves you money and time. There is a 24, 48, and 72-hour pass, which covers the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines that cover over 200 stations throughout the city. This is effectively a Tokyo Tourist Pass, as a foreign passport is required to purchase it. This pass is like an all-access subway pass for the NYC subway, Toronto TTC, and (hypothetically) London’s Tube. This pass covers Tokyo’s subway lines, but not the JR Trains. Please read below for further details. Updated 15 Feb 2019.

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EP 03: Lunar New Year Chinese Style, aka CNY

Well, the cat’s out of the bag! To start 2019, I started doing a podcast with my sister, who is a Japanese-to-English translator in addition to her day job. In case you didn’t know, I love podcasts. I also have a list of podcast recommendations. Convos with my Sister – Episode 3 — Lunar New Year Chinese Style, aka CNY. Skipping school, fireworks, rice cakes, carrot cakes. We almost forgot red pockets! The Lunar New Year cultural hodgepodges we’ve encountered in our Chinese families. Our podcast is called Convos with my Sister — Chinese Maybe Experiences. Basically, my sister and…

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All Shikoku Rail Pass Guide & Sample Itinerary

If you’re a seasoned Japan visitor (or an adventurous first-timer), I would recommend trying the two least-known JR Passes: the San’in-Sanyo JR Pass, and the All-Shikoku Pass. The covers all the JR Shikoku routes and some extra private rail lines. This guide explains the JR Shikoku Rail Pass and introduces some highlights for Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime, and Kagawa Prefectures.

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Migrants Pride Hong Kong 2018 Event Recap

This is an event recap and photo essay for the 4th Migrants’ Pride Hong Kong, organized by Gabriela Hong Kong, The Filipino Lesbians Organization, Filguys Gabriela Association, Share HK, The UNITY Association, Nepali Workers Association, Auto8a, The Same Same Different Association. The parade took place on Nov. 18 in Central, Hong Kong.


Historical Tokyo Walk: Nihonbashi – Fukagawa

My English translation and embellishment of the Nihonbashi-Fukagawa route (日本橋本所深川コース) from the Sanpo Reikibun. Major sites covered along the route include: Nihonbashi, Mitsukoshi flagship store, Tokyo Stock Exchange, haiku poet Mastuo Basho’s neighbourhood, the Fukagawa Fudoson, Tomioka Hachimangu, Kiyosumi Garden, Ryugoku Gokugikan, Former Yasuda Garden, Edo Tokyo Museum, Karamae Bridge.

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The grassroots LGBT+ activists behind the celebrities and headlines

An op-ed in response to the Hong Kong media’s focus on the politics behind Pussy Riot and lack of attention to the Miles of Love LGBTQ travel advocacy forum co-organized by Planet Ally and All Out (UK) that brought Olga Kurachyova and Nika Nikulshina, as well as many internationally accomplished activists, to Hong Kong.