September 23, 2021

What Do YOU Want?

Since the pandemic, it's been hard figuring out what to publish since no one can from overseas can actually visit Japan right now.

A woman in a kimono stands in front of Asakusa's Kaminarimon gate in Tokyo

This week, we are going to get a bit meta. Rather than write another guide about some rural hidden gem, I want to instead put the travel content on pause and ask you, the reader, a question. You see, given that international travel is still very much off of the table for at least another six months, I am at a loss of how I best be of service. Needless to say, any sort of location feature that I author for the time being is not something that many of you can act upon. Still, I do want to keep producing content in the interim…

So, on that note, I’d like to take a second and ask you what do you want to see or learn about Japan and its rich culture right now? Though I sadly don’t have access to Doraemon’s Dokodemo Door (and therefore cannot teleport anyone to Japan), I’d like to do whatever I can to spread the love. Alas, I really don’t what I should be producing right now that doesn’t come across as boasting. Contrary to what it might seem like on Instagram, I really don’t want to be using my platform to flex on all of you who cannot right now travel to all of the cool locations that I am.

Should I be making more content in preparation for what the situation will be like after the travel bans are lifted? Should I be focusing on covering as many evergreen spots as I can and hoping that the SEO rankings linger after the pandemic ends? Alternatively, should I be introducing elements of Japanese culture such that readers at home can appreciate the nuances and insights without ever really needing to set foot in Japan. In all honesty, I really don’t know how I can be of best use to all of you right now. So, rather than take a shot in the dark, I am just going to come out and humbly ask.

What do YOU want to see right now given that travel is off of the table? How can I best help YOU get your Japan fix despite the fact that you cannot actually visit right now. I’m all ears and more importantly, I am prepared to do whatever it takes to continue to promote this amazing place as best I can until the specter of the coronavirus finally leaves us alone. To give feedback, leave me a response here on this article or alternatively shoot me a DM on any of the various social media platforms that I’m active on.

Until next time travelers…