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Japan Matsuri 2017, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Japan Matsuri 2017, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

  Japan Matsuri 2017, Trafalgar Square, London, UK It’s that time of the year when the leaves are turning red, even in central London. So it must be time for the UK’s premiere Japanese festival – Japan Matsuri. This annual event, now in its ninth year, provides the ideal opportunity to sample Japanese culture in its many forms. From traditional crafts and martial arts, contemporary performances, alongside music and dance, there are, of course, always…

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Some Secrets For A Japan Trip

Some Secrets For A Japan Trip

Some Secrets For A Japan Trip (Just A Japanese Girl) I had planned to do a live Periscope broadcast a few days ago with Saki of the Just A Japanese Girl blog and Periscope fame. Sadly, it didn’t happen due to some technology issues. :-( Saki is a dynamo of unfettered, enthusiastic, bubbly energy. She’s positively infectious! She’s also passionate about her love of traditional Japanese culture and wearing kimono – which she frequently shares…

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Uonotana Fish Market, Akashi

Uonotana Fish Market, Akashi

  Uonotana Fish Market, Akashi – Hyogo Prefecture You may have heard of Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, but there’s another, lesser-known fish market that’s well worth a visit – and you won’t see any foreign tourists there – Uonotana. Akashi is a small port city in Hyogo Prefecture – not far from Kobe, on the way down the Seto Inland Sea coastline towards Himeji. For more than 400 years the locals have been fishing off…

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Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara)

Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara)

Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara) Naramachi is the former traditional merchant’s quarter in Nara – the old capital of Japan. Spending time, slowly walking around its narrow streets is evocative, like stepping back in time. Many of what were previously merchant stores and warehouses have been sympathetically rennovated; repurposed into a charming tapestry of boutiques, cafes, restuarants and craft shops – most of which are either family-run or solopreneur businesses. There’s no Starbucks or…

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Interview With AVO Blog

Interview With AVO Blog

The AVO Blog is an epic website in all senses of the word – it’s great and it is vast! Its focus is on Japanese music, with a good amount of anime, manga, and cosplay included for good measure. When AVO Blog announced their idea for a series of ‘First Time In Japan’ interviews with travellers in Japan – about their reflections on their first trip to Japan – I was curious. I thought this…

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Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya

Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya

Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya (via Limousine Bus, Train and Taxi!) Join us as we travel in the evening from Kansai International Airport to Ashiya. On this particular occasion we had three legs to our journey: 1.) LIMOUSINE BUS – from outside Kansai International Airport to Nishinomiya At Kansai International Airport – look out for the security guard gliding around on his Segway. It’s so slow though, I’m not sure it’s a very…

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Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City

Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City

Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City Onomichi City is in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu, facing the Inland Sea. It’s a gateway to a series of small islands sitting in the Inland Sea of Japan. The city features in the seminal 1953 Yasujirō Ozu film Tokyo Story. Onomichi’s many temples attract spiritual tourists from across Japan, but you rarely see foreigners here. The well-informed ones often visit Mt. Senkoji via the Senkoji…

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Driving The Hanshin Expressway – Kobe to Kansai Airport

Driving The Hanshin Expressway – Kobe to Kansai Airport

Driving The Hanshin Expressway – Kobe to Kansai International Airport (KIX) A little different from the films we tend to post, but I know some people like to watch these POV (point of view) videos, partly as it makes it easier to imagine yourself being there! This film (without music, narration or captions to interrupt the view) was shot from a taxi we caught from Kobe to Kansai International Airport (KIX). The quickest way to…

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