About (Old)

Heya! I’m Simone, a writer-slash-photographer-slash content creator. I was born in New York, raised in South Africa, spent four years in Japan, and recently found my way back to the Five Boroughs. Welcome to my RGB gallery!

I moved to Japan to teach English and travel. I was stationed at a school in a small agricultural town on the coast of Miyazaki, on the eastern side of the island, Kyushu. The beautiful, sunny prefecture is a far cry from the bustling streets of Tokyo, and I couldn’t wait to explore my new home. Becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of information available in English, I decided to start my own blog and share my discoveries.

I now reside in New York City, and while the travelling side of my life has slowed down a bit, I’m forever exploring. Keep up with my adventures by subscribing here, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter to see what I’m up to in between posting. Selected blogs are also featured on the travel app GPSMyCity; click here for download links. I’d also love to hear from you personally, so if you have any comments or questions, or want to work together, feel free to contact me. Welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

Features and Mentions

Lonely Planet
Fascinating Images of Japan’s Abandoned Nara Dreamland Amusement Park

Miyazaki Inbound (Japanese)
Why Is There No Information About Miyazaki in English?

Celebrating the Phallus and Other Weird Japanese Festivals

Mr Trippy
Takachiho Gorge: Where the Gods Landed

Grape Japan
The Absolutely Stunning Aqua-Art of Hidetomo Kimura: Goldfish Have Never Looked This Good

Stripes Japan
Sun Messe: The Maoi of the East 
Huis Ten Bosch: Japan’s Dutch Theme Park 
A Weekend in Yakushima: One of the Most Beautiful Places Imaginable 
Exploring Wartime Remains on Japan’s Rabbit Island 
Atop Kagoshima’s Mt Kaimondake 
Historic Nagoya Castle: The Royal Treatment in Japan’s 4th Largest City
A Trip Down to Minamisatsuma
Tomogashima: Japan’s Real Castle in the Sky
Trekking Taketa
Exploring Aya Town
Reasons To Visit Japan’s Most Overlooked Prefecture
Nostalgic Nakazakicho
The Wild Horses of Cape Toi
Takachiho Gorge

Stripes Korea
K-Pop and Kimchi: Experience Osaka’s Little Korea
Busan Life

Stripes Okinawa
Kyushu Road Trippin’ Part I
Kyushu Road Trippin’ Part II
Nagasaki’s Glover Garden and Dejima Island
K-Pop and Kimchi: Experience Osaka’s Little Korea 
Magical Miyako


  1. Hi Simone how well you know Aokigahara Forest? Is realy to dangerous to explore? and the yurei is real?

    1. Hi Fighter8! I’ve only been to Aokigahara once and it’s a huge, but the areas I did hike through were pretty safe. You have to be careful of where you walk because the ground is kind of uneven, but there are designated walking trails and popular caves that many tourists visit, so those parts of the forest aren’t scary at all. When it comes to yurei, I think your experience will be determined by what you believe. It’s a beautiful place. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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