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Vicki L. Beyer

Vicki L. Beyer has been a freelance travel writer for a dozen years. A long-time resident of Japan, she has visited every prefecture and written about hundreds of destinations. She is also a Cool Ota-Ku Ambassador and a Kanji (statutory auditor) of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

Articles by Vicki

When Blue Brew Taproom opened in October 2020 in Kochi’s Niyodogawa-cho selling the artisanal beers of Mukai Craft Brewing, it marked a major milestone for Ken Mukai. It had taken Mukai 18…

Kochi, on the southern coast of Shikoku — the smallest of Japan’s four major islands — is young, as Japanese cities go. The city was founded in 1601 when Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo…

Iwate, Japan’s second largest prefecture (after Hokkaido), was severely battered by the massive earthquake of March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that quickly followed. Fortunately, nature and humans are resilient. Iwate’s picturesque coastline…

This is a two-part article covering Kamata’s shitamachi roots and recent evolution into a multi-ethnic haven. Read Part I here.  In Part I of this article, we explored the 20th-century shitamachi history…

This is a two-part article covering Kamata’s shitamachi roots and recent evolution into a multi-ethnic haven. Part II will be published on November 19.  Tokyo’s shitamachi neighborhoods are fun, lively places to visit.…

There are few places on earth where one can feel simultaneously in heaven and hell. Unzen Onsen is one of them. Situated on the Shimabara Peninsula in Kyushu’s Nagasaki Prefecture, it has…

Hanko signature seals have been in use in Japan for over two thousand years. Although the Japanese like to think the practice of pressing a red-inked hanko onto a piece of paper…

In 1892, Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, was quoted as having said, “there are three kinds of falsehoods, lies, damned lies and statistics.” This statement has been requoted and paraphrased…