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Interview With Love Japan Magazine

Interview With Love Japan Magazine

Love Japan Magazine is a beautiful print publication, with accompanying website and blog, so I’m rather chuffed to have been interviewed by them discussing some of my many adventures in The Real Japan. You can read the full interview online HERE. Love Japan was created by fans, for fans of Japanese culture. Put together by a small creative team from London in the UK, all of whom have travelled around Japan, they offer a fusion…

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Review: Cafe Keshipearl, Kobe

Review: Cafe Keshipearl, Kobe

Not far from the business district in the harbour city Kobe, and 5 minutes or so walk from Sannomiya JR station, unassumingly tucked away on a first floor you can find Cafe Keshipearl. We discovered it just as they were celebrating their 5th Anniversary of opening. The understated signage at street level was stylishly attractive. When I first walked in I loved the look of the place. The interior design was minimal but certainly designed,…

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Reflections on The Mountains of Central Japan

Reflections on The Mountains of Central Japan

I’m typing this on a bus bound for an area in the heart of Shiga Prefecture, which is in the middle of the main island of Honshu. The views from the window are stunning, and impress upon me just how glorious the mountains of Japan are. Mountains Define Japan Japan is a long, thin strip of a country, comprising some 6,800 islands. The main one, Honshu, is where you’ll find most of the places you’ve…

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Onsen Tips For Those With Tattoos

Onsen Tips For Those With Tattoos

I recently published an article entitled: A Luxury Spa Day At Arima Onsen (that won’t break the bank). Immediately after I was asked if I could provide some onsen tips for those with tattoos. One such response was via an email from Linda who lives in New Zealand. Linda is off to Japan for what sounds like a great trip next month and wanted some advice about using onsen for those with tattoos. Here’s what…

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A Luxury Spa Day At Arima Onsen (That Won’t Break The Bank)

A Luxury Spa Day At Arima Onsen (That Won’t Break The Bank)

On the main island of Honshu lies the prefecture of Hyogo. Just to the west of Osaka and Kyoto you’ll find the harbour city of Kobe. Kobe nestles between the Inland Sea and Mt. Rokko. Behind Mt. Rokko lies the ancient onsen resort of Arima. It’s one of Japan’s most popular onsen, dating back to at least the 7th century, and has a reputation as being one of the more luxurious and expensive resort…

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Summer Event! — Let's Talk About The Real Japan

Summer Event! — Let's Talk About The Real Japan

I’m delighted (and slightly nervous too if I’m honest!) to announce that I’ll be doing my first talk about The Real Japan this summer. And I’d love you to join me if you can. :-) It would be great fun to meet some of you in person! The date for your diary, should you be able to join me, is Wednesday, 17th August 2016 at 7:30pm. The title of the talk is: Exploring The…

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12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

There are hundreds of reasons why Japan is a tourist paradise. And they go beyond the robots, geisha and neon lights we’re used to seeing in the media. Not that there’s anything wrong with robots, geisha or neon lights of course. ;-) Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a traditional ryokan, catching a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyushu or jumping on a long-distance bus, eating out in a high-end restaurant or a…

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How The Japanese Anticipate Other People’s Needs

How The Japanese Anticipate Other People’s Needs

Customer Service In Japan Is Second To None They have a saying in Japan: «Okyakusama wa kamisama desu» which translates as «The Customer Is God». Whilst I think elevating a consumer to the level of ‘God’ is a tad excessive, it does help demonstrate why Japan is one of the top countries in the world when it comes to delivering outstanding customer service and experience. A simple recent example of this was when we…

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