Local Heroes

TRJ Awarded “Certificate of Awesome!” from Grey, Grizzled and Gaijin

TRJ Awarded “Certificate of Awesome!” from Grey, Grizzled and Gaijin

Craig Hoffman is a novelist, writer, blogger and social media guru living in Japan. Grey, Grizzled and Gaijin On his blog, Grey, Grizzled and Gaijin, Craig muses on expat life, travel and Japanese food – from his home in Kansai. What I particularly like about Craig’s musings on Japan is that he doesn’t sugar coat everything. He is happy to call it as it is – warts and all. The ups and downs of work…

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Local Heroes: Rios Bakery & Cafe, Ashiya

Local Heroes: Rios Bakery & Cafe, Ashiya

One thing I particularly love about Japan is the amount of small, self-owned, mom and pop and family-run small business there are – everywhere you go. Whether it is in the middle of Tokyo, or in the wilds of Hokkaido, there are modest, but beautiful sake breweries, cafes, clothes shops, tofu producers, second hand records stores, electrical shops, etc. The fact that Japan has officially been in recession for the last couple of decades still…

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