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Tales from Tokyo shares one Ohio family’s adventures as they adjust to life on the outskirts of Tokyo. Journalist Susan Dalzell moved to Japan with her husband and young son in July 2014. Come along with the Dalzells as they explore Tokyo, figure out Japanese culture and do their best to enjoy living in a foreign land. More Info

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A night at the Robot Restaurant

November 1, 2016 by Susan Dalzell

Let’s talk about the Robot Restaurant, a tourist attraction that has gathered many of the intensely Japanese elements of Tokyo and rolled them up into a tightly packed ball that… Read more…

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Take a beach break in Kamakura

July 22, 2016 by Susan Dalzell

What do you get when you mix a giant Buddha, a volcanic beach and a Fourth of July holiday? An excellent weekend away, that’s what. We celebrated our American independence… Read more…

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Showa Kinen Flower Show 2016

April 13, 2016 by Susan Dalzell

Spring time means flowers, flowers and more flowers in Japan. On Saturday, knowing it would probably be the last nice day to see the cherry blossoms in full glory, I… Read more…

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A cross-cultural afternoon

March 6, 2016 by Susan Dalzell

One of the best things I’ve learned since moving to Japan is the power of saying yes. Attend a festival? Yes. Try some new food? Yes. Try on a kimono?… Read more…

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Take a Coca-Cola factory tour

February 12, 2016 by Susan Dalzell

I recently took a factory tour of the Tama Plant of Coca-Cola East Japan. My culture club travelled together to the plant, located in Higashikuru, in a little over an… Read more…

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Tokyo sightseeing itinerary

January 6, 2016 by Susan Dalzell

In November, my 77-year-old father from Ohio came to visit for 17 days. My challenge: Where to take him? It wasn’t easy narrowing down our destinations to a reasonable itinerary… Read more…

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Fall hike suggestion: Mt. Mitake

October 27, 2015 by Susan Dalzell

It’s happening again. The air is getting crisp. The sky is a clear blue. And trees are starting their transformation from plain green to vibrant red, orange and gold. In… Read more…

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Whirlwind trip back to the U.S.

October 7, 2015 by Susan Dalzell

We just returned from a whirlwind visit to Connecticut, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two weeks. Seven airports. Five beds. Not ideal, but it was worth it to squeeze in time with… Read more…

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A summer festival and samurai parade

September 10, 2015 by Susan Dalzell

Recently, we were guided by train, fed and watered, dressed and gifted with traditional Japanese garb, photographed, and encouraged to enjoy a parade, a festival and fireworks. Wil and Liam… Read more…

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A rainy weekend in Shimoda

July 10, 2015 by Susan Dalzell

My little guy and I took our first trip to a Japanese beach last weekend. Our big guy really wanted to come, too, but it wasn’t meant to be. My… Read more…

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