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Author Profile: Susan Dalzell

Susan Dalzell

Susan Dalzell is an American freelance writer living in Washington D.C. She's a former resident of Tokyo, Japan; Cambridge, England; and Ohio. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal’s Expat blog, Forbes Travel and Tokyo’s Metropolis magazine.

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Open Happiness: A Visit to Japan’s East Coca-Cola Factory

Open Happiness: A Visit to Japan’s East Coca-Cola Factory

Higashikurume, Japan

When your Japanese friends offer to take you to a Coke factory, you don’t say no. Last week, my culture club – a group of American and Japanese women – travelled together to the Tama Plant of Coca-Cola East Japan for a factory...   view more


Sweet and Salty: A Visit to the Meiji Chocolate Factory

Sweet and Salty: A Visit to the Meiji Chocolate Factory

Saitama, Japan

Meiji is a pervasive brand here in Japan. They make chocolates, snacks, yogurt drinks, cookies and hot chocolate, among other things. Basically, they make yummy treats. This week, I joined a group of friends on a tour of the Meiji chocolate factory in Saitama, here in...   view more


Light Fantastic

Light Fantastic

Tokyo, Japan

Living in Japan, that’s a much easier task than I would have thought: It turns out that the Japanese love light at this time of year. All of this light is a surprise to me. I didn’t have any idea that there would be spectacular public displays of light this time of year throughout...   view more


Beautiful Japan: Hakone

Beautiful Japan: Hakone

Hakone, Japan

Hakone is in Japan’s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, roughly 60 miles west of Tokyo. It’s called a town but the area it covers includes numerous smaller mountain villages and a large lake in the crater of Hakone volcano. The area is famous for its onsen, baths fed by hot...   view more


Tanoshii Tuesdays: Robot Restaurant

Tanoshii Tuesdays: Robot Restaurant

Tokyo, Japan

An evening at the Robot Restaurant is an assault on all the senses: Eyes are dazzled by the gaudiness of the interior; ears thrum from the rock music, the taiko drums and the high pitch voices of the dancers and hands tingle from clapping in delight at all the weirdness that surrounds...   view more