Totoro Times

Hello! I am Jordy Meow, a french guy born in a small seashore town next to Bordeaux. I never thought that I would actually move away from my hometown one day. First I went to Bordeaux for high-school, then Paris for my engineer School, China for my Master then, eventually… Japan! I am a simple guy, more like a kid actually, but my tall legs can take my anywhere and I am taking advantage of it. I live in Tokyo, I love its convenience, craziness, and the contrast before the ancient and the new but my heart truly lives in the countryside. I have been here for so long already, time flies…

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This website started as a very simple blog when I moved to China in 2005. Many years later, in 2012, the layout changed completely. I also wanted the website to reflect more what I like and want to show the world rather than my private life. It then became Totoro Times. My old blog is still online.

Totoro Times is mainly about Japan (95% of it) and its aim is to promote Japan and its lesser known but beautiful places. The website also includes many surprising and abandoned places such as Gunkanjima and Nara Dreamland. The goal of Totoro Times is to become a fully featured offbeat guide of Japan. I wish that one day you will be able to print it (there might be a book!) and bring it along with the Lonely Planet or your base guide. The little 5% of this website which is not about Japan is about North Korea, my hometown or travel in Asia I really enjoyed.

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Totoro Times is not a business. My main job is in reality not linked to travel and even less to photography. I am a software engineer for a company and I also develop software on the side at Meow Apps. The work you can discover on Totoro Times is my hobby and that is the reason why it is made with love. I truly want to share my passion with you and this is also a strength of this website. It will never be bloated with advertising or featured articles (written by business that seek to promote themselves) or any ads. I will do my best to keep this level of quality constant and unbiased.



You can always help me by correcting my mistakes (factual or grammatical), commenting on my articles, sharing them on social networks and following me on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks a lot for your support, always! :)

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Updated on December 13, 2010.
Written by Jordy Meow.