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Stardust Vegan Cafe & Boutique, Kyoto

Stardust Vegan Cafe & Boutique, Kyoto

Most people come to bustling Kyoto for the incredible wealth of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, and perhaps the hope of catching a Geisha or two walking elegantly in their geta to their next booking. Kyoto is also a good city for shopping. With the main shopping areas relatively compact and within a quick cab ride, short bus journey or a little longer but still pleasant stroll on foot from the main train station. As…

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Boiling Eggs at Japan’s Oldest Hotspring – Yunomine Onsen

Boiling Eggs at Japan’s Oldest Hotspring – Yunomine Onsen

  Yunomine Onsen village, commonly referred to as Japan’ s oldest spa, can be found nestled in the sacred mountains of Kumano in Wakayama Prefecture, Honshu. The village was built on a natural hotspring where the waters are naturally heated up to 90 degrees. High quantities of sulpher in the water creates myriad colours on the rocks. The sulpher also adds to the water’s medicinal properties. Along the riverside, just below the Yunomine Onsen bus…

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Unboxing Cake in Commemorative Shimakaze Train Packaging

Unboxing Cake in Commemorative Shimakaze Train Packaging

Knowing I’m a bit of a train geek, a friend kindly bought me a gift commmorating the launch of the Shimakaze train service. Its pieces of sponge cake presented in a commemorative box – shaped like the Shimakaze train itself! The box also functions as a children’s toy. In this film you’ll see that the back of the box opens, revealing an inner box that is decorated with symbols of the Shima region including sea…

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N700A Shinkansen Departing Shin-Osaka Station

N700A Shinkansen Departing Shin-Osaka Station

  The N700 series is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train with tilting capability developed jointly by JR Central and JR-West for use on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines since 2007, and also operated by JR Kyushu on the Kyushu Shinkansen line. In this short film shot at Shin-Osaka Station we travel up the escalator to walk along the platform to view a N700 bullet train preparing and then departing the station.      …

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Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, View of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe

Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, View of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe

Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, also known as Sentsubo Kofun, is an ancient burial ground between Kobe and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (which can be seen in the film). Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb is the largest keyhole shaped tomb mound in Hyogo Prefecture, constructed around the end of 4th century. The site has been restored to the original construction. The sides of the large tomb are covered in fukiishi, which are stones taken from nearby riverbeds, typically used…

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Steam Locomotive Exhibit Ride Kyoto Railway Museum

Steam Locomotive Exhibit Ride Kyoto Railway Museum

  All aboard! This film follows the journey onboard the steam locomotive exhibit ride at Kyoto Railway Museum in Kyoto. The original Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum opened in 1972, but was expanded and modernized in 2016, becoming the current day Kyoto Railway Museum. For a small additional fee, passengers can access the steam locomotive exhibit and ride in cars pulled by one of the actual steam locomotives kept and maintained at the museum. The 1km…

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Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

  This live performance was recorded in the Asobenomori, Iwakisou ryokan in Aomori Prefecture – right at the very northern-most tip of the largest island Honshu. Tsugaru jamisen or Tsugaru shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula in present-day Aomori prefecture and the instrument it is performed with. Tsugaru jamisen is considered the most recognized genre of shamisen music, and has enjoyed multiple periods of popularity in Japan….

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Exploring Kyoto’s 15 Storey Train Station

Exploring Kyoto’s 15 Storey Train Station

  Kyoto, the former Imperial capital of Japan with its amazing wealth of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, is on many people’s ‘to do’ list when travelling in Japan. Most arrive here via train at Kyoto Station. And, although it probably wasn’t on their list of ‘must see’ sights when in Kyoto – it really ought to be. It’s incredible! One of Japan’s most iconic pieces of public architecture, designed by Hiroshi Hara and opened…

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