About This Blog

This is NOT a travel site. This is an old-school blog about travel and many other things. And because it's MINE, I write what I want, how I want. If you can't understand this simple fact, consider visiting other blogs. Thank you for your cooperation.

And now read this:

PS. I am sorry to say this, but... if your comment, or your signature, or your nick, or your whatever, links to any sort of for-profit website (and I don't give a rat's ass as to what it is - travel, on-line shopping, etc), regardless of how relevant or no-topic your comment is, IT WILL BE DELETED!!!

Unless I know you, or your business personally, don't even bother. If you want to have a text link on my site, please contact me via email. Otherwise, IT WILL BE DELETED. My decision here is final.
Thank you for your time.

Hi! My name is Anna Ikeda and I'm a pretentious snob with a bad attitude who also likes to travel.

Why Budget Trouble?

Because I travel on a budget and more frequently than not - get into trouble. And besides, the name Budget Travel has been taken already (though in Japan, it doesn't really make that much of a difference anyway)...

I'm a rather mediocre writer and an even worse photographer, but hey, at least I'm trying. You're only allowed to criticize me if YOU can do better, OK?

Right now we (Ms. Trouble, Mr. Almost Trouble and one cat) live in Tochigi and Gunma (Japan) - two of the most dasai prefectures of them all. We love it here but since we have a chronic case of itchy feet, next week/month/year* we might be somewhere else. (But most likely - just down the street from where we are now, closer to the in-laws, oy vey!)

What else? I love cats, earning large sums of money (which, unfortunately, doesn't happen often enough) and sunset walks on the beach. Oh wait, that's a description for a different website. Never mind...

This site was created as an attempt to keep track of our travel memories, share the stories, and showcase our photos and shaky YouTube videos.

If you like to live dangerously and would like to advertise on our blog, feel free to contact me. The hosting fees won't pay themselves, you know... And my cat's gotta eat, too.

But please, if you're selling something, anything - be it a service, product, whatever - on your site, do NOT ask me for a free link. That's just rude. If people pay you for your service or product, then you can pay me for a link. And if you're too cheap for that, don't bother asking, OK?

We can be reached at: budgettrouble.blog (at) gmail.com

The Troubled Ones

*) select and underline the correct choice.


  1. Nice to find a blog out of Japan based in Tochigi! :) I am also in Tochigi, recognize so many sights from your posts! Keep it up!

  2. Great blog, don't stop posting, even if you take a long break every now and then. I thought the pics were good and your writing is good ànd funny, so I cannot imagine many people will be able to do a lot of criticizing. ;)


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