All I see to be doing lately is linking to other people's stories, but I can't help it... been focusing my energy on other travel articles rather than the blog. Sad, I know. I'm no longer the Japanese insider, but I can still help with questions and concerns about living in Japan.
In the meantime, another Japan travel story (by me) on Matador Trips:
Insider's Guide to Tokyo
Kyoto’s fifty most overrated tourist spots
6 days ago