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Tokyo Tower. Tokyo, Japan. By Ian Preschel.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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In two weeks, I will be there to judge how unimpressive Tokyo Tower is. Seriously, the first time I went there I was completely underwhelmed. From a distance it looked impressive but when I got up close to the base, it was disappointing.