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A Geek in Japan

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When the snow transports us to another dimension in Tokyo

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 04:09:33 +0000

When someone asks me: what is the best time to visit Japan? I’m very reluctant to give a clear answer since I’ve come to realize that Japan is beautiful in different ways depending on the weather and the season. Spring tints the landscape with sakura...

Material Matcha – Rare Craft Matcha Green Tea from Japan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:12:38 +0000

I love what my two friends Etienne and Morgan have done after quitting their corporate jobs. They created Material Matcha Uji, one of the most disruptive tea companies of recent years. Now they have their unique craft Matcha green teas after a year of patient...

Cheap drinks in Japan

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:14:30 +0000

My friend Matthew Baxter, who writes at his blog Supercheapjapan has just published his first book. Congratulations! I’ve read the book and I love it, he does what I can’t do when it comes to travel writing: he explains all the details and tricks to move around...

The bridge that crosses over the Moon – Togetsu bridge

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:44:17 +0000

The bridge of Togetsu (In Japanese written with the characters 渡 月 橋: crossing, moon, bridge) is one of the most emblematic of Kyoto. With its 155 meters long it was first built in the 9th century to cross the Katsura River towards the mountain...

The Tōfukuji zen temple

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 01:26:26 +0000

The Tōfukuji (東 福寺, Tōfukuji) is a zen temple in southeastern Kyoto. Its pavilions are surrounded by a huge green area, it is beautiful all over the year but the best time to see this temple is a the time of the kouyou (End of...

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:59:52 +0000

I’m very happy to announce you that my new book has just been published in English. It is very different from A Geek in Japan, instead of trying to explain all about Japan in this new book I focus on just one aspect more deeply....

Ryoanji – 龍安寺

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:18:51 +0000

Over the last 14 years I’ve visited the zen garden Ryoanji (龍安寺) several times. I love that every time I visit this beautiful dry garden (karesan-sui) it feels different. It is like watching the same movie while noticing that you are growing old, and each...


Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:06:44 +0000

After visiting Shirakawa-go we went north all up the way until Fukui. It was my first time in Fukui prefecture. We decided to only visit Fukui City, it was a big mistake… the city is disappointing and boring. The castle was so unimpressive (there is...

Old Shinjuku pictures

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:35:35 +0000

Shinjuku 新宿 is my favorite area in Tokyo. I’ve been taking pictures of Shinjuku since 2004. During these 13 years I’ve seen this neibourhood transforming and I feel some kind of nostalgia when looking at my old Shinjuku pictures. Shinjuku developed as a neuralgic point...

Chair designed to play video-games

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:27:29 +0000

One of the first things that surprised me when I arrived to Japan was how much of the daily life inside houses happens laying down on the floor. Once you get used to it is nice because you can sit down wherever you want. The...