How We Solved the 2017 Tokyo Metro Mysteries Game

Back in November, I talked about playing the Tokyo Metro Underground Mysteries Game.  Now that the game is over for this year, I can post this video with spoilers.

This is how you play and how we solved it.  It’s an amazing game. It won’t be back until next fall and will have a completely new format.

Check it out:


Care Package Opening

A couple weeks ago I received a care package from a friend and you tuber who calls herself Random E.  I recommend her channel if you’re interested in information about life in California or stories about Japan.

I sent her a care package a few months ago, and discovered how much fun it was watching someone light up over the things you sent them.  So I decided I’d do the same for her and show a video of me unboxing her present.

The video is mainly for her enjoyment, but if you enjoy reaction videos then here you go:

(I think she’s trying to fatten me up.  So much candy.  What do you think?   *sips Pumpkin Spice Latte* )

Shibuya Halloween 2017 — Great Party at the Scramble Crossing

I went to the Shibuya Scramble Crossing for Halloween. Even though October 31st was on a Tuesday, the turnout was the biggest ever.  Word has spread about the best Halloween gathering in Japan.

Here’s the video of it.  At about 3 minutes you can see just how massive the crowds were:

I arrived around 4pm to meet a friend and the crowds weren’t so bad then. There were a few people in costume, but it was just a normal work day at the Shibuya Crossing.


The police were already out around 5pm.


My friend, Natalia, and I hung out at a coffee shop. When dark hit, the costume-goers began to arrive.


By 6pm, our other friend joined us.  They closed one of the main streets, the one that goes in front of the Shibuya 109 and this is how busy it was by 7pm.



I left around 8:30 pm with my friends.  One went home and the other went with me to the Vampire Cafe in Ginza. I heard from others and saw pictures, but it got even crazier as the night wore on.

Crowds swelled until 10pm.  By the time, the last train came around there were so many people trying to leave that the police started prevented people from entering the station.  Many people ended up stuck for the night in Shibuya because there were not enough trains to ferry everyone home.

Now that’s a Halloween gathering.








Staying at a Japanese Traditional Inn

Last weekend my husband’s planned trip for his parents was nearly derailed by Super Typhoon Lan which blew into Japan for its own extended stay.

Despise the wind and rain, we made it to our Ryokan, or Japanese Traditional Inn, in Tochigi Prefecture where the leaves are just beginning to change.


The devastation of Super Typhoon Lan. 

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