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Freedom Ahn

Journalist

Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan

Freedom Ahn

Finance. Technology. Japan. Fintech. Cryptocurrency. Blockchain. P2P. C-Suite. Careers. Remittances. Business & Tech In Asia.

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Kimono 101

When you think of Japan, chances are your mind quickly conjures up images of multi-tiered pagodas, sushi, and kimono. While kimono are a common sight, even in modern day Japan, most foreigners are surprised to learn that a typical kimono is made up of 12 (and sometimes more) separate pieces. And knowing how to properly wear them is a testament to a level of attention to detail and tradition rarely found outside of Japan.
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I-Pod (Japanese Capsule Hotels)

Welcome to the second issue of Love Japan Magazine! Written by fans, for fans, Love Japan is a celebration of Japanese culture, covering lif...
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White people, please stop telling me I don’t ‘look Asian enough’

Chinatown. The word conjures images, vivid and distinct: blinking lights around a set menu in a restaurant window. Dark martial arts studios in deep basements with bearded men dispensing ancient secrets of self-defense. The ever-present smell of cooking rice, its steam scenting everything in the building with a moist sweetness.
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Visit Hokuriku with the Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass

Since March 2015 the bullet train (Shinkansen) service from Tokyo to Nagano has been extended to Kanazawa, dramatically cutting travel times between Tokyo, Toyama and Kanazawa. The extended Shinkansen line makes the beautiful Hokuriku region more accessible, and opens up new possibilities of exploring the country, away from the usual “Tokaido” route between Tokyo and Kyoto.
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2018 Cherry Blossom Dreams 12 days

£4,500/pp (two sharing a room)inclusive International flights. Enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms as you visit Japan's iconic sites and locations. From modern skyscrapers to ancient temples, a variety of experiences awaits you - ride the world-famous Bullet Train, walk down the streets of traditional Kyoto, submerge yourself in the steaming natural waters and enjoy traditional multi course dinner in Hakone and many more.
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30 Tips for First Time Travelers to Japan

So you’re traveling to Japan! Lucky you. Japan is a fabulous country with a unique culture, fascinating language, and amazing natural beauty. Before you leave, we’ve prepared a list of 30 tips for first time travelers to Japan. But first, one thing you might need to figure out beforehand: where will you stay?
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Beyond Honshu: Fukuoka, Japan’s Zestful Gateway to Asia

The locals are famously some of the warmest and friendliest in the country, and there’s an uncomplicated vibe to the whole city. Unlike some of Japan’s larger cities, Fukuoka is perfectly suited to walking, with manageable distances and pleasant walkways, and the relaxed pace allows for unhurried exploration and discovery.
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Exploring high-end cuisine in Kansai region, Japan

Kansai used to be the commercial capital of Japan. In this region, you will have a chance to visit the beautiful harbor city Kobe, the kitchen of Japan – Osaka, Obama in Wakasa Bay, and legendary Hikone with its old castle. However, the most appealing thing for foodies is exploring the culinary map of this area which has delicious Japanese dishes which are worth traveling around the world for.
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Why Japan does whisky bars better than anyone?

We’re in Kyoto’s Gion district, and the Geisha Hour is about to begin. It’s the time of night when green-robed figures emerge from doorways and flit through the alleys of Ponto-chō like spirits from a Miyazaki movie. I can see packs of tourists prowling the streets, hoping for a glimpse, but the Geishas move notoriously fast.
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Tokyo Day Tours - Tokyo Day Trips - Discover and Explore

Sometimes people only need help in a specific area of Japan or for a short period of time. This might include the initial navigation from the airport to a hotel, learning how to navigate the transport system, or getting between places efficiently in a short period of time. In these cases our multi-day tours do not meet the needs of those just after a quick side trip or a journey somewhere specific.
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Best of Shimokitazawa

Popular with the youth of Tokyo, Shimokitazawa's narrow winding streets make for a perfect day of cafes and vintage shopping. Unlike the large, traffic-congested streets found in many of the big tourist centers, the streets of Shimokitazawa form a relaxed pedestrian friendly shopping district. The many vintage stores in Shimokitazawa compete with each other by catering to specific styles and fashion trends.
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Deep in the Caves of the Fuji Five Lakes

Inside and out, Mount Fuji lives up to the title of World Heritage Asset while providing visitors with a great range of beauty and exploring opportunities. Besides climbing it, flying around it, and enjoying its scenic views, there is also the chance to explore three of the 80 caves located at the foot of Mount Fuji.

About

Freedom Ahn

Freedom Ahn Chevalier is a cultural anthropologist (practical) and journalist specializing in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and society. She has extensive experience working with domestic and international businesses, trade, digital, & print media publications covering a wide array of topics including business, finance, culture, politics, environment, conservation, and more.

She has written about technologies such as drones, crypto-, digital, & virtual currency, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security, and more.

She is also the founder and senior copywriter at WriteAhn - a B2B and B2C digital marketing agency whose specialties include business operations, human resources, finance, C-suite recruiting, talent management, productivity, and workforce issues, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions, tax issues, investor relations, recruiting.

Freedom has been all over the world in publications including The Independent, Huffington Post, The Telegraph (UK), The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Jerusalem Post to name just a few.

She is the daughter of a French chef and has a keen interest in food, with several of her original recipes winning national and international awards.

She resides a few minutes south of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, their three Japanese dogs, and four French cats.

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Skills

  • East Asia
  • Korean Culture
  • Japanese Culture
  • Journalism