Taste of Japan – The Videos to Come

I have a lot of videos to edit and post to YouTube. They were mostly taken back in October while my sister was visiting for two weeks. You’ve been waiting a long time for the videos to come out, so I thought I’d give you an idea about what you’ll see. So, here’s the grand list of videos I will post.

  1. Enoshima – This will be a long video
  2. Enoshima Aquarium
  3. Hamarikyu Garden
  4. Tsukiji Fish Market
  5. Ginza
  6. Tokyo Skytree
  7. Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) and Odaiba
  8. The Railway Museum
  9. Ofuna Kannonji Temple
  10. Tokeiji Temple
  11. Jochiji Temple
  12. Meigetsuin Temple
  13. Hasedera Temple
  14. Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)
  15. Dinosaur Restaurant
  16. Oyama (hiking to the top of a mountain)
  17. Shinjuku Gyoen (gardens)
  18. Meiji Jingu Shrine
  19. Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue
  20. Tokyo Station
  21. Imperial Palace East Gardens (this will be a big video)
  22. Tokyo International Forum
  23. Marine Tower
  24. Yamashita Park
  25. Hikawamaru (an old passenger ship)
  26. Yokohama Chinatown and Chinese food
  27. Motomachi (shopping district)
  28. Yamate and Berrick Hall
  29. Samukawa Shrine

And there will be another video from Izu. Or maybe more than one. We’re supposed to be going there later this month to see the kawazu zakura, which is a kind of early-blooming cherry tree. They’re bright pink. The area we’re going to has other attractions, as well.

Any of those look interesting to you? Let me know which ones you want to see in the comments below.

And just for a little taste, here’s the last Taste of Japan video. It’s a ride on one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels. It’s also the world’s largest clock. The view is amazing!

Month in Review – January 2016

December was slow, but January proved to be a busy one. Just like in 2015, the first month of the year was strong. It didn’t beat last January’s record for views, though. The month ended with 1,198 followers, an increase of 38.

January Stats

January saw some great days and some slow days, so it was pretty mixed. However, the great days were really good. The average views per day was 109, which is tied for second best. It would’ve been higher if it hadn’t been for the last day of the month, which was slow. 19 out of 31 days were over 100 views. The busiest day was January 29th with 174 views. In January, there were 3,381 views, which is the second best by only 20. It was the 16th month in a row over 2,000, and the 7th time it went over 3,000. The month ended with 66,241 views. There were 72 posts in January, bringing it to a total of 1,579.

With a strong 689 comments in January, the total number of comments is now 11,564.

The top ten countries were:

  1. United States (1,987 views)
  2. Canada (377 views)
  3. United Kingdom (268 views)
  4. Japan (214 views)
  5. Australia (63 views)
  6. India (36 views)
  7. Singapore (35 views)
  8. Germany (33 views)
  9. Netherlands (32 views)
  10. France (27 views)

Top Posts

The top five posts in January were:

  1. What Is Your Country’s Best Literature? (79 views)
  2. Self-Promotion the Friendly Way (64 views)
  3. Do Book Covers Matter to You? (61 views)
  4. Changes Coming to Amazon’s Kindle (60 views)
  5. Authors Answer 62 – Our Favourite Created Characters (56 views)

The most popular post written before January was Happy Little Cloud with 43 views. Seems that post has become more popular recently, and is my most repinned post on Pinterest.

Please check out the following posts. These are the posts that deserve a second look and didn’t get as many views as others. I think you’ll enjoy them.


I managed to post a review, and it was quite the book to read. I have another couple reviews to write, and should post them within a couple weeks. I should also be finishing another book soon. Here’s January’s review:

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 3,107 followers, which is an increase of 49.  I follow 3,047, which is up by 66. I finished with 8,226 tweets, with 173 coming in January.

On YouTube, I uploaded 2 videos in January.  I have 44 subscribers, which is an increase of 2 from last month.  The month ended with 9,076 views, which is an increase of 141. I still have 29 videos to do about Japanese sites, plus videos about our move to Canada, and videos about living in Japan. That’s a lot. That’s good!

Looking Ahead to February

February is our last full month in Japan. Things should be normal for the month, though we’ve got a lot of cleaning and packing to do. The blog should be business as usual.

I expect at least three reviews. I’m going to make sure I get them done. Two of the reviews are for books I finished at the end of last year, and one I am currently reading.

I’m hoping to get to work on more videos. I have so many to do. I need to find the time to do them. Editing takes time.

More Top Ten posts will be coming, as well as Quick Facts, and maybe even a worldbuilding post or two.

Lots to do, so little time. March will slow down, especially the end of the month, but I hope to keep up with my twice a day blog posting whenever I can. I’m looking forward to seeing how February goes, though!

A List of International Books – The Beginning

The first month of my international book project is coming to an end, so it’s time to compile the list of books so far. The list below is complete up until now. But it doesn’t represent the world yet. So, I need your help in filling in this list. Go to the original post and make your recommendation. And please share the post (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, StumbleUpon, reblog, or just write a post about it).

So, here is the list so far:


  • Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
  • Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies
  • Alice Munro


  • The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari
  • Seven Brothers, by Aleksis Kivi
  • Under the North Star, by Väinö Linna
  • Unknown Soldiers, by Väinö Linna


  • The Closet of Savage Mementos, by Nuala NiChonchuir
  • The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry
  • A Star Called Henry, by Roddy Doyle
  • Star of the Sea, by Joseph O’Connor


  • Oshin, by Sugako Hashida


  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe


  • Kameleonmenneskene, by Hans Olav Lahlum


  • Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


  • The Emigrants, by Vilhelm Moberg

The United Kingdom

  • Bird Song, by Sebastian Faulks (suggested 2 times)

The United States

  • Mark Twain
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Louis L’Amore
  • Stephen King

I will keep a list on a separate post or page and update regularly. But for now, when sharing this project with other people, please share the original post. Thank you!