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Planning An Amazing Trip To Japan – FREE Course!

Free mini-course includes free Workbook & Checklist! How long have you had ‘Plan my dream trip to Japan’ on your wish list? Probably a while! Well, every day that your plan isn’t in place is a day you put back, delay, even abandon your dream of travelling to or exploring more of Japan. So I want to get you up and flying off to the land of the rising sun as quickly as possible! Each…

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Hakutaka Shinkanesen Arriving at Shin-Takaoka Station

Hakutaka Shinkanesen Arriving at Shin-Takaoka Station

Hakutaka Shinkanesen Arriving at Shin-Takaoka Station, Toyama Prefecture The Hakutaka (“White hawk”) is a high-speed shinkansen train service jointly operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) between Tokyo and Kanazawa on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line in Japan. Shin-Takaoka is a little-known (but not so little) shinkansen station on the Hokuriku line. If you’re travelling from Tokyo, it’s one stop before Kanazawa – the final stop on the…

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The Unpredictability of Japanese Architecture

The Unpredictability of Japanese Architecture

The Unpredictability of (Modern) Japanese Architecture Designer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud once said that Japanese architecture and urban planning in Japan was just about the ugliest he’d ever seen. I know why he’d say that relating to much urban building, but I disagree. For me, what I find so consistently rewarding about urban architecture you find when travelling around Japan, is the complete unpredictability of what could pop up next. Chances are that within…

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Gaspard and Lisa In-Store Appearance, Kiddy Land, Osaka

Gaspard and Lisa In-Store Appearance, Kiddy Land, Osaka

Gaspard and Lisa In-Store Appearance, Kiddy Land, Osaka Warning! Kawaii! Gaspard and Lisa, are two friends, neither dogs nor rabbits but featuring elements of both, appearing in a series of children’s books created by wife and husband Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben. Gaspard (black with a blue scarf) and Lisa (white with a red scarf) go on various adventures. Gaspard, Lisa and their family members are drawn as animals, but live among humans in Paris,…

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Walking Around Ainokura Village, Gokayama

Walking Around Ainokura Village, Gokayama

Walking Around Ainokura Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture Ainokura is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains in the Gokayama area of Toyama Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu. Ainokura is part of a cluster of villages in the region renowned for their A-frame houses, or gassho-zukuri, with thick thatched roofs. The steep roofs are designed so that the heavy snow that falls in the area slips easily off…

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Making Taiyaki, Daimaru Department Store, Ashiya

Making Taiyaki, Daimaru Department Store, Ashiya

Making Taiyaki, Daimaru Department Store In this short film, we see how the popular fish-shaped snack taiyaki are made. Taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”) are Japanese fish-shaped cakes, made using pancake or waffle batter. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings include custard, chocolate, cheese, and sweet potato. In this film, shot in the food hall of Daimaru department store in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture,…

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A Walk Around Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park, Ashiya

A Walk Around Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park, Ashiya

Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park In this short film, we take a relaxing stroll through the suburbs of Ashiya to Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park. Ashiya is our home when we are in Japan. It is in Hyogo Prefecture, (on the main island of Honshu) close to Kobe, and not far from Kyoto and Osaka. Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park is a modest municipal park built around a pond, where ducks, koi card and turtles make their homes. We walk along…

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Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

  Sit back. Relax. Let’s ride to the spa. Kobe Minato Onsen is a luxury contemporary ryokan and natural hot spring, just five minutes from the heart of Kobe city centre. Located in a prime location, overlooking Kobe’s famous Harbourland, the hotel offers extensive, spa, health, dining, pool, sporting, yoga, personal training and relaxation facilities. Not only for guests but to those taking advantage of its Day Spa – which we indulged in. Included within…

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