Reviews

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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Exploring The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge – Akashi Kaikyo

Exploring The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge – Akashi Kaikyo

Most people won’t have heard of the small island of Awaji. It can be found in the Inland Sea, just between the main island of Honshu and Shikoku – the smallest, least populous, and least visited of Japan’s four main islands. Connecting Awaji to the mainland of Honshu is the Akashi Kaiyko Bridge – the longest single span suspension bridge in the world. Opened in 1998, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi), its central span dwarfs…

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LINE Friends Stores Are Awesome!

LINE Friends Stores Are Awesome!

I’m a big fan of mobile messenger app LINE. Partly because it has an excellent user interface and means I can make free international voice or video calls to other LINE users over the internet. And partly because its range of characters is just so damn kawaii (cute)! :-D I prefer LINE to Facebook Messenger as it is far less intrusive in the personal data it requires to function. If you’re not already familiar with…

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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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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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What The $*@# Happened To Kodo?!

What The $*@# Happened To Kodo?!

I recently went to see Japan’s, no…, make that the world‘s leading exponents of taiko drumming – the Kodo drummers. Or at least I thought that’s what I was going to see. By the end of the evening I was left wondering: what the hell has happened to the Kodo drummers?! They were performing at the Barbican Centre in London as part of their 35th Anniversary World Tour. I’ve seen them several times before down…

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How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

    Isn’t Japan Prohibitively Expensive? Is there such a thing as a cheap hotel in Tokyo? One of the most common, recurring myths about Japan is that it is prohibitively expensive. So expensive in fact that, as much as you’d love to go there, you’re simply not sure you can afford to go for any decent amount of time. Whilst it’s true that travelling in Japan isn’t likely to be the cheapest trip you’ll…

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