Kees Alders (a.k.a. Klokwerk) is an independent web designer and writer. He also makes experimental music with his ensemble Postbanal. Born and raised as a Dutchman but fond of traveling, he lives in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital and Holland's most international city.
Are you visiting Japan and have concerns about getting lost? Don’t worry. In Japan, nothing, and no one, ever gets lost. Japan is not only an over-civilized country, but it is over-regulated too. First of all, there are signs everywhere. Signs with street names, signs that point out where you should stand in line, signs(…)
In my first Japan column, I gave a brief introduction to the country, noting that if you follow my tips, you don’t really have to worry about Japan’s notorious expensiveness. Now, let’s discuss the Japanese mentality. In western society’s mentality, the main modern virtue is to be assertive and stand up for yourself. The good(…)
Always wanted to see the temples, shrines, and Buddhas of the far east? As a traveler, you know traveling to a totally different culture can mean you are going to visit a country that is more poor, more filthy, and more underdeveloped in general than yours. For Japan, of course, it’s different. Here’s how. First,(…)