Donny Kimball

A Mountainous Hidden Gem in Tochigi Prefecture

“What are you doing tomorrow?” I asked. To be honest, it wasn’t really a question but more of a formality. “Ummm—I have…” she retorted before I cut her off with a definitive “You can do that later. We’re going on an adventure!” And that ladies and gentlemen, is how we…

What I Learned about Loving Japan & Self-Worth

Today is November 21st, 2021. This date marks the end of the 35th year that I’ve been alive on this planet. In many senses, it’s been both one of the best and also most tumultuous years of my life. Around this time in 2020, I had just left the safety…

I’ll Be Moving this Blog off of Medium Soon!

Hey there everyone!

Thanks so much for following along and checking out my Japan travel content over the years here on Medium. While it’s been a real journey these past few years, the platform’s inability to keep up with recent changes in SEO has really hurt my search rankings. As…

Diving Deeper into Fukushima Prefecture

Anyone who has been following me for a while now will know this already but I absolutely loathe when people harp on about Fukushima. Yes, there was a terrible triple disaster back in 2011. No, the entirety of the prefecture isn’t still contaminated with deadly radiation. Can we all just…

Exploring Japan’s Northernmost Extremes

For the longest time, I’ve been itching to feature Hokkaido on this blog. Alas, the prefecture is just so expansive that I’ve struggled to figure out where to begin. Trying to fit all of Hokkaido into a single article is a fool’s errand that would be akin to trying to…

Exotic Islands in Japan’s Southern Reaches

The islands of Okinawa are quickly becoming popular with overseas visitors. And even though Japan is not necessarily known as a beach resort destination, locales like Miyakojima and Ishigaki are making a name for themselves outside the domestic market. And while it’s wonderful that Okinawa is finally getting the attention…

Saitama Prefecture’s Sea of Spider Lilies

For the past month or so, my entire feed on Instagram has been overtaken by red spider lilies. Known in Japanese as manjushage or higanbana (the term that I’ll opt to use from here on out), these flowers are synonymous with the arrival of fall in Japan. Generally, they are…

Samurai Era Vibes & Sacred Islands

Just recently, I had a harrowing realization while reviewing the locations that I’ve covered here on this blog thus far. Somehow, I had managed to skip featuring Shiga Prefecture’s charming town of Nagahama. Despite spending my most formative years nearby in Hikone and then also rolling through a number of…

Donny Kimball

Tokyo-based freelance digital marketing consultant who is addicted to exploring the lesser known sides of Japan. donnykimball.com

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