Tag Archives: JAPAN

The Soba Enthusiast

en·thu·si·ast (ĕn-thū’zē-ăst’)


1. one who is filled with enthusiasm; one who is ardently absorbed in   an interest or pursuit: a baseball enthusiast.

2.  a zealot; a fanatic.

Enthusiasts – they exist for just about anything; wine, football, motorbikes, Startrek, bands, collectables – you name it and there’s someone out there who follows it with gusto… some more so than others.

Enter, Mr. Ito, charismatic soba noodle enthusiast and founder of the Edo Sobauchi Kyoushitsu (Edo Soba School) . Continue reading

The Wonderful World of Onsen

Does the thought of being naked in front of dozens of people make you uneasy? How about having your body buried in hot sand or watching fish feed off your skin? Maybe you’d prefer to walk barefoot over hundreds of rocks or perhaps take a bath outside in the dead of winter?

Out of context, none of these sound very appealing, Continue reading

The Kagaya Experience: Tokyo dining at it’s weirdest

My first day on assignment with the Rough Guide in Tokyo presented me with the most bizarre dining experience of my life.  Actually, it’s up there with most bizarre experiences of my life in general. Continue reading

Welcome to These Roads

Welcome and thank you for joining me on These Roads.  Here you will find tales of adventure and misfortune, hilarity and the unusual.  These are the roads I travel and I’m bringing them home to you.

Until recently, I’d never really written anything with public consumption in mind – I’ve kept a bunch of travel blogs over the years, but they were just a convenient way of documenting memories and keeping friends and family up to date on my escapades overseas.  Now, with my shiny new site theseroads.com , I’m hoping that people who don’t know me might actually read what I write… and maybe even enjoy it… and maybe even suggest my site to others (although, I’ll settle for just read and enjoy for now). Continue reading