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 Yasujir┼Ź 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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Change Your Life – Why Am I Doing This?

Change Your Life – Why Am I Doing This?

When you wake up tomorrow morning, ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” If you’re not ok with the answer make a commitment to change your life. If you are not in a position to make the change now, bank that thought and feeling. Keep making deposits into that mindset account until you are in a position to act upon it (note: this may take years, even decades). But it will be worth it. Then…

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Japan Course

Plan 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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