All About Japan

Nicholas Rich

Nicholas Rich

All About Nicholas Rich
I still live in Kawasaki, but I work in the AAJ office now as the English editor. I spend most of my free time studying, reading comics, watching movies and gaming (video, board and tabletop). I love to travel, eat good food and drink.
What I like about Japan
The food, the booze, the history and the language. I'm a pretty big nerd, and Japan is very nerd-friendly.
The Coolest Arcade You've Never Heard Of

The Coolest Arcade You've Never Heard Of

Just across the river from Tokyo, in the city of Kawasaki, is an arcade with a unique aesthetic and personality that's as big as its selection of games and activities.

How to Get to Hida Takayama

How to Get to Hida Takayama

Find out the best way to get to Hida Takayama from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

5 Fun Tokyo Events for Golden Week 2018

5 Fun Tokyo Events for Golden Week 2018

Looking for things to do in Tokyo over Golden Week? These five fun events happen to line up perfectly with Japan's most anticipated national holiday!

12 Key Phrases for Getting By in Japan

12 Key Phrases for Getting By in Japan

Whether you're visiting for the first time or staying for a while, these simple phrases can help you get around in Japan without getting lost—or lost in translation!

Make the Most of Your Time in Sendai!

Make the Most of Your Time in Sendai!

Available now, the new Sendai City Guidebook is your one-stop shop for planning the perfect trip to Miyagi Prefecture!

Traditions in Tokushima

Traditions in Tokushima

Join our writer Nick down in Shikoku as he takes a deeper look at some of Tokushima Prefecture's most enduring pieces of history.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side in Tokushima

Take a Walk on the Wild Side in Tokushima

Shikoku may be the smallest of Japan's main islands, but with places like Tokushima, it's truly full of heart. Come along with Nick as he dives headfirst into some of the natural wonders of Tokushima Prefecture!

Beauty Beyond Be-‘leaf’ in Matsushima

Beauty Beyond Be-‘leaf’ in Matsushima

Gorgeous throughout the year, Matsushima offers an incredible nighttime illumination of autumn leaves that has to be seen to be believed!

5 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Summer

5 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Summer

Summer is the season where things really heat up in Japan's northern region of Tohoku. Here's why you definitely don't want to miss it!

Chasing Waterfalls in Tohoku

Chasing Waterfalls in Tohoku

Come along with Nick as he explores the wetter, wilder side of Tohoku in the summer!

Finding Fortune on Kinkasan Island

Finding Fortune on Kinkasan Island

Go off the beaten path and explore a shrine on a small island off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.

Meet Me in Minamisanriku for Fresh Food & Art

Meet Me in Minamisanriku for Fresh Food & Art

The coastal city of Minamisanriku has come a long way since 2011. Join us as we learn about the area, and the road to recovery.

The Ishinomori Manga Museum

The Ishinomori Manga Museum

Fans of Shotaro Ishinomori, of Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009 fame, have a haven waiting for them in Miyagi Prefecture.

Fresh Seafood at the Shiogama Morning Market

Fresh Seafood at the Shiogama Morning Market

Looking for seafood so fresh it might still be moving? Look no further than the Shiogama morning market in Miyagi Prefecture.

Kizuna Festival: Coming Together in Tohoku

Kizuna Festival: Coming Together in Tohoku

Join our intrepid writer Nick on a journey to the inaugural Kizuna Festival in Sendai to celebrate the community, cooperation and cultural diversity of the Tohoku region.

Japan's Top Music Festivals

Japan's Top Music Festivals

Summer is upon us, and that means one thing—the country is rocking with a wide variety of awesome music festivals!

10 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Spring

10 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Spring

There's a lot to love about Japan's northern region of Tohoku, no matter the season. Travel along with Nick to find out why the area really shines in spring.

Flock with the Seagulls at Kabushima Shrine

Flock with the Seagulls at Kabushima Shrine

Take flight with our writer Nick as he heads back to Tohoku to visit a shrine that's quite literally 'for the birds!'

The Many Sides of Kitakata

The Many Sides of Kitakata

We've traveled around the Tohoku region with Nick, checking out some of the great moments from his travels. But this time, we'll join the intrepid writer as he revisits his old stomping grounds, getting a deeper look at the city of Kitakata!

Embracing the Warmth of Tohoku in Hachinohe

Embracing the Warmth of Tohoku in Hachinohe

My journey to northern Japan led to an immersion in the rich culture and hospitality of the residents and regions of Hachinohe, Aomori.

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