9 Geeky Things to Do in Tokyo

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If you are wondering what’s in store for a visiting geek in Japan, wonder no more. Here we give you a few ideas on the best geeky and nerdy things to do in Tokyo to get you started. The possibilities seem endless. But you got to start somewhere, right? So here goes.

1. Start your geeky adventures on board the All Nippon Airways’ Star Wars-themed aircraft or Japan Airlines’ Minion-themed jet. Or you take the EVA Airlines flight on board a Hello Kitty plane.

2. Stay in a ninja-themed guest house, a capsule hotel, or accommodation bookshop.

3. Catch up on some manga reading at a Manga Kissa.

4. Indulge your inner otaku by exploring the many shops and attractions in Akihabara. Check out the electronics, anime and manga merchandise, and gaming arcades. Not to mention the themed dining options including the famous maid cafes.

5. Keep your geek game on while enjoying a delicious meal or snack in one of the themed bars, cafes, and restaurants like the Gundam Cafe in Akihabara and the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku to name a few. Or you can opt for the high-tech tablet ordering system and conveyor belt delivery dining experience at Sushiro.

6. Visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as (Miraikan), in Odaiba. See the permanent exhibitions that allow you to explore Earth and space, technology, and other innovations. Or you can opt for more immersive experiences by taking part in one of the activities and workshops to choose from.

7. See the over 19-meter Unicorn Gundam statue at the waterfront district of Odaiba.

8. Have your gadgets blessed or seek divine intervention on your tech-related problems at the Kanda Myojin Shrine.

9. Ride a bullet train for a day trip outside Tokyo.

A Seoulful Getaway

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History, culture, art, design, food, shopping, nightlife, and more — these are just some of the things that make South Korea’s capital city such a fascinating place to visit. But if you are looking for something soothing to the soul from Seoul, here are a few of the most beautiful spots that you will not want to miss.

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Why go: Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most visited Royal Palaces in Seoul. But don’t let the crowd stop you from exploring the vast complex that serves as the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty. From Gwanghwamun Gate to the inner palaces and grounds, Gyeongbokgung offers plenty of attractions and plenty of spots for quiet solitude for those who need it.

Changdeokgung Palace
Why go: Changdeokgung is widely considered as one of the most stunning palaces in Seoul. This well-preserved palace is home to a famous “Secret Garden”.

Cheonggyecheon Stream
Why go: Soothe your senses in the midst of the hustle of Seoul’s busy urban vibe. Cheonggyecheon Stream, which stretches to over five kilometers, is like an oasis in the heart of the city. Sit by the stream and let the sound of the water calm your mind and body.

Banpodaegyo (Banpo Bridge)
Why go: Watch the stunning displays, especially at night, in the longest fountain bridge in the world.

N Seoul Tower
Why go: N Seoul Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in Seoul and offers a great view of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Yeouido Park
Why go: Seoul has no dearth of green spaces and boasts of numerous parks to choose from. Yeouido Park is one of the city’s most popular destination for locals and tourists who want to enjoy the tranquility its natural areas provide.

6 Must-Read Books for People Who Love Food and Travel

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If you are looking for ideas for food and travel destinations or for something to interesting to read, here are some of the best reads you need on your list. From a chef’s tales of food adventures around the world to a writer’s stories of a more personal relationship with food, you will find these books to be fascinating reads.

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventure in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
If there is someone you can trust to know a lot about food from around the world, it would be Chef, TV host, and author Anthony Bourdain. A Cook’s Tour is the well-traveled chef’s latest work that tells about his adventures while searching for the perfect meal across the globe.

A Fork In The Road edited by James Oseland
This book is a collection of drool-worthy stories about food from various authors. Prepare to travel into the world of food seen through the writers’ lenses. Read about dishes like the potentially deadly sashimi Fugu in Japan, a little known rainforest fruit, and Italy’s cheese maggots among others.

My Life in France by Julia Child
My Life in France provides a glimpse into the life of Julia Child, her passion for French cuisine, and her relationship with his husband.

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop
Fuchsia Dunlop’s memoir tells the story of her experiences as she moved to Sichuan province in China. There she developed a great liking to the local cuisine and decided to learn Chinese cooking at the Institute of Higher Cuisine in Chengdu.

Spoon Fed by Kim Severson
Food writer Kim Severson’s autobiography shares her personal relationship with food and the people who have played a role in shaping it. She also writes about her experiences as she explores and built a relationship with food in cities like New York and San Francisco.

Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes by Tom Parker Bowles
Food adventures take on a whole new meaning when faced with extreme cuisines that not many people may know about. In this book, Tom Parker Bowles takes readers into extreme culinary adventures in a bid to try “dangerous” and the most exotic dishes from around the world.

To Things to Do at Night in Three of the Most Visited Cities in the World

London

Fancy a night out without the partying and binge-drinking? Here are some ideas on the best things to do in three of the most visited cities in the world. Enjoy!

London

London

  • Laugh out loud while watching a free comedy night gig in London
  • Watch a West End show or a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Experience one of London’s many pub theatres
  • Take the Jack the Ripper Tour or the Haunted London Pub Tour
  • Hop on an open top bus for a nighttime tour of the city that covers places like the Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace

Paris

Paris

  • Enjoy an evening swim at the PISCINE PONTOISE at the Latin Quarter
  • Spend the night cozying up with a good book and coffee or wine at the LA BELLE HORTENSE bookstore-cafe
  • Visit museums that are open until late at night
  • Take a stroll at the ight stroll and in some of the city’s quaint neighborhoods
  • See the Eiffel Tower and its surroundings light up
  • Explore the gastronomic delights at Les Halles
  • Go for a walk along the Seine
  • Take a dinner cruise downn the Seine
  • Watch a movie at Parc de la Villette
  • Enjoy the opera or a musical performance at one of the city’s many theatres
  • See what’s on at the red light neighborhood of Pigalle District
  • Visit some of Paris’ iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre-Dame among many others
  • Go for a cocktail at Café de Flore

Bangkok

Bangkok

  • Take a dinner cruise on the Chao Praya River
  • Sip a cocktail while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city at a rooftop bar
  • Catch a Bangkok ladyboy show
  • Go shopping and enjoy the gastronomic treats at the night markets like Patpong Night Market and Saphanput Night Market
  • Watch a Muay Thai match
  • Book a private room and sing your heart out at a karaoke bar
  • Learn about the country’s history and culture while watching Siam Niramit
  • Discover the many attractions at Asiatique The Riverfront
  • Eat at Dine in the Dark for a unique culinary experience
  • Set out on a sunset bike ride to explore more of the city at night