Richard Mulvihill

My First Haircut at a Japanese Barber Shop

Sato Barber Shop in Nagoya Japan

The first barber I ever went to was around the corner from my old apartment near Nagoya Station.  It is a tightly packed neighborhood behind the Toyota Museum. There is a constant clickety-clack sound of trains running in the distance. I had not been in Japan that long as I walked down the small alley-like…

Kumamoto Castle and The Last Samurai

Kumamoto Castle's main tower (called a "tenshu" in Japanese).

Kumamoto Castle (熊本城) Kumamoto Castle (熊本城) in Kyushu is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cultural landmarks in all of Japan. The Castle plays a key role in two of the most important plot points in Japanese history.  Though not as well known internationally, and not really located in a popular tourist location, it is definitely worth the trip down…

Okinawa, A new direction in travel and tourism

Combining electric rental cars, dedicated tablet PC’s and a spring-training-baseball tour may not seem like much. But this is a game changer, excuse the pun. This is the next step in travel tourism. Imagine having all the current baseball team information and player stats available to you in a tablet computer that is also telling…

Tea 16. The Fruit Punch of Japanese Teas

Tea 16. The Fruit Punch of Teas.

Tea 16 is an amazing Japanese drink that combines 16 of the world greatest tea flavors into one Super Tea. The fruit punch of tea. The greatest hits. An all-star game in your mouth if you please. It has a great aroma and is very refreshing. It is available throughout Japan in premixed bottles or…