Our Todo List

This on-going list is to give us (and you) an idea about what we want to do! This list is in no particular order, so we will get to these as soon as we can!

As we plan on things, we'll make various updates, and as we visit these places (and make the appropriate blog post), we'll mark it off and link the post.


  • Ueno Zoo
  • Nihonbashi
  • Animate Cafe
  • Inmari no Uchi (Cat Cafe)
  • Odaiba/DiverCity/Gundam (we've done a part of it, but we want to go back)
  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Akihabara
  • Mount Takao
  • Imperial Palace


  • Okinawa
  • Fox Village
  • Cat Island
  • Squirrel Village
  • Kishi Station ([Ni]Tama the Cat)
  • Ise Jingu
  • Narita (the city, not the airport)


  • Sukiya
  • Cafe Gusto
  • Gana Poka

Places and Things

  • Miyajima Shrine
  • Peace Memorial Museum
  • Naruto Whirlpools
  • Pilgrimage (parts)

Food/Dishes to Make

  • Okonomiyaki
  • Oyakudon
  • Taiyaki
  • Onigrazu
  • Edamame (and how to properly eat it)

Life in Japan

  • Getting a Visa in Japan (and Dependant Visa)
  • Japanese Christmas
  • Japanese Thanksgiving (Labour Thanksgiving Day)
  • Japanese New Years
  • Golden Week
  • Bicycle Etiquette
  • How to print at a convienence store
  • ATM's
  • How to survive in a society where with Type II Diabetes
  • Life in a Japanese School
  • Daily activites of an ALT
  • What they don't tell you about being an ALT
  • The "Job Hunting" Process
  • How to prep for an Earthquake
  • What the Suica and Pasmo are (and smartcards)
  • How to use Suica/Pasmo and where to use them
  • Using Hyperdia to navigate the trains (cons of apps)
  • What the symbols of Hyperdia mean and what to do
  • Shopping at a コンビニ (Convenience Store)
  • What to do during an Earthquake


  • What are Gashapon?
  • Different Matsuris
  • Top shocking differences between American and Japanese Schools
  • Why Japan is "stuck" in the past (tech-wise)
  • (After a few months) What we miss about America
  • Keat's flight to America
  • What is "Sports Day"?
  • Debunking the myth of "Japan is expensive"