Brooke is a freelance writer and weirdo from New Orleans, Louisiana. She now resides in Osaka attempting to spread Southern charm and learn the local language, often failing at both. Yet she remains an obnoxiously optimistic go-getter determined to spread goodness and positivity. Or, at the very least, find the best okonomiyaki. You can find her dumb but well-meaning online ramblings on just about any social media at @blarceny or collaborate with her at brookelarsenwriter.com.
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Think shibari is only for freaks and sadists? Think again!
Bar hopping through the gayest nightspot in western Japan.
All aboard the coolest place to live in Osaka: Terminals Takatsuki.