Day 24 of 180: What I Have Learned So Far

5 days spread between Kobe, Osaka, and Nara.
Nara to feed the wild deer roaming the city.
Osaka because of Capcom headquarters, the castle, and the great atmosphere.
Kobe because of a friendship and its name shared with a famous basketball player.
1 day in Takeo–a small town in a rural province.
New Year’s Eve at Huis Ten Bosch–a Dutch theme park in the middle of nowhere where a live game of Space Invaders in a booth was projected onto the side of a building.
1 day in Nagasaki.
2 days in Hiroshima.
1 day in Miyojima Island to see the “Floating” Shrine.
3 days in Kyoto because of culture and Nintendo–Japanese culture runs so deep that American forces forbid it from being bombed during WWII.
3 days in Kanazawa where I had to tutor students online to help pay for this trip while checking out authentic samurai districts and checking out buildings used as geisha tea houses during peak summer season.
1 day in Snow Monkey Park. The park lived up to its name. I swear some of the monkeys casually rubbed against my shoe as they hopped by.
1 day in Matsumoto to see a very cool castle and meet up with a cousin I had never met before in my life.
36 hours in Hakone where I thought I was in Kamakura until 12 hours into my stay–and realized I was going to Hakone first THEN Kamakura, but completely forgot this itinerary. The same day I saw an active volcanic crater as well as a view of Mt. Fuji that looked more like a painting rather than something real I was witnessing with my own eyes.
And now I am halfway into my stay in Kamakura where my airbnb host panicked because I couldn’t follow a clear set of instructions, and walked around aimlessly for nearly two hours rather than the expected twenty minutes to get to her place.

I. Am. Exhausted. But. I. Want. To. Keep. Moving.

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Don’t Worry, TARstorian Coverage is Resuming

Eighteen days ago I started Around the World in 180 Days. This message comes all the way from Kanazawa, Japan. I am much more settled into an overall routine now. I have managed to make solid progress on episode 8 of TAR 20.

Don’t believe me?
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Here is the casual audience’s reaction to not seeing Mark & Bopper brought back for TAR 31.

Stay tuned!

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Updated Survivor Season Rankings (David vs. Goliaths Update)

Before I became the TARstorian, I did an in-depth ranking of all twenty-two seasons of American Survivor. A project that had a surprising amount of traction nearly a decade ago.

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Survivor 37 Finale Predictions

My life has been ultra busy this past month. Luckily I quit my full time job this week. Content is resuming including TARstorian coverage.

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Eleven Countries The Amazing Race Needs To Visit

With 32 filming as of this weekend, and a whole new route locked in for the contestants to explore, it’s time to talk about the countries around the world which The Amazing Race has managed to neglect over the past 30+ seasons.

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The Amazing Race 20 Episode 7 Rankings

Seventh Episode


“The Country of Africa”

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The Amazing Race Historian Corrections: TVTropes Edition

I have wanted to do this series for a while, but every once in a while something pops up about The Amazing Race or one of the international versions.

Whether it be Vulture’s Top 25 Teams of All Time with Lisa & Joni and Jet & Cord, CBS’ “Fan Favourite” Teams, BuddyTV writing about how Justin & Diana are ruining the franchise, a Toronto tabloid asking Jon Montgomery how there needs to be a celebrity or all-star edition of TAR Canada, and eventually something tips it over the edge.

Congatulations TVTropes, you’re first up on my list.

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