Hanami festivals on Okinawa 2017.

Hanami. A tradition of flower viewing held long and dear by the Japanese people. In this case, for cherry blossom trees. Cherry blossoms (or sakura, to use their Japanese name), are a beautiful pink flower that bloom in Spring for several weeks, before departing for an entire year, leaving lush foliage in their place. A [...]

Travel musings: 15th January 2017.

Another entry from my trusty travel diary. It's short but sweet. Nagoya caught me off guard. I knew it was going to be cold (and on that front it didn't disappoint), but snow?! Fuck. I have a lot of warm weather gear but I don't think I'm ever really prepared for snow. I despise the [...]

Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Fushimi Inari Taisha. Does the name seem familiar? Maybe? What if I say "Senbon Torii"? Still no? Okay well let me put you out of your misery. It's a famous Shinto shrine nestled at the base of Inari mountain, Kyoto. It's most recognisable feature is it's alleged over 1,000 torii (gateways unique to Shintoism and [...]

Travel musings: January 2nd 2017.

Another excerpt from my mini travel diary. Enjoy. We are leaving Kaohsiung a night early. After exhausting resources and things to do within the city in the first 24-48 hours, and discovering that everything we hoped to see were too far to reach using public transport (and hiring a car is out sadly because neither [...]

Travel musings: 31st December 2016.

Another excerpt from my tiny travel book. Enjoy. I've noticed an interesting thing. I'm sat on a train from Taipei to Zuoying (Kaohsuing), watching the countryside roll out from my cosy vantage on the HSR (High Speed Rail, it's basically a bullet train), and an odd little skill I picked up in my previous life [...]

Travel musings: 27th December 2016

I've been keeping a little pocket notebook with me when I travel so I can write down musings and ideas. I thought it might be fun to share them here. First one. Here goes. Finally, after a delay and a frustrating wait, I'm heading back to a considerably warmer Okinawa from Seoul. I've enjoyed my [...]