Erika Van 't Veld

Erika left her corporate America job in October 2017 to go backpacking around the world. After almost two years and 24 countries, she has settled down (for now!) in Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo, you'll find her planning her next trekking adventure, eating every vegetarian meal available, and wandering around the neon shopping streets.



7 Terrifying Japanese Urban Legends That Are Based on True Stories

From human sacrifices to abandoned villages, these real Japanese legends give us the creeps.

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7 Scariest Japanese Ghosts and Ghouls to Haunt Your Dreams

We hope you don’t run into any of these yurei and yokai this Halloween.

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8 Side Jobs for Foreigners to Make Extra Money in Japan

As the gig economy model grows abroad, Japan’s government is now encouraging workers to take second jobs. Here’s our pick of the best side hustles for foreign workers.

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Tapioca Land Opens in Tokyo, Is A Total Dud

"It's on the same level as a school festival," said one disappointed visitor.

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