Fukuoka isn't instantly thought of as a "must see" destination when you think of Japan. However, it has some hidden gems to offer. One such place is Tochoji. History. Legend has it that Tochoji was set up by the Monk Kobo-Daishi, who, upon returning from a trip to China, founded the temple with the view [...]
A deep hued hibiscus flower spotted in Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan.
Japan is a land of indescribable beauty, fascinating culture, and just plain weird. One such quirk that's emerged as a bit of a pop cult is drainspotting. Umm, what? Drainspotting. A hobby that involves looking out for fancy manhole covers across the Land of the Rising Sun. No seriously. There's a society and everything (they [...]
Spotted in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, where even the other half lives like the rest of us.
It's no secret I live on Okinawa, Japan's sub-tropical southernmost prefecture, but I don't think I've ever extolled the wonders this entails. Allow me to fix that. Right now. In no particular order: All of the beaches. Let's start with a cliche shall we? Beaches. Okinawa has a fuck ton of them. If you're more [...]
One thing I really love about travelling is the little cultural titbits you can learn along the way. On a recent visit to Seoul I saw and bought an adorable pair of wooden ducks. They aren't just for decor though, as you're about to discover. A bird in the hand. Apparently, the price of love [...]
Before you think I've lost my marbles, this is actually significant. Know why? Well today is February 22nd in Japan, and that can only mean one thing: It's cat day! My own kitty, Nibbles. Why ni ni ni? Good question. February 22nd reads as 02/22, and the Japanese word for two is "ni" (pronounced nee). [...]
Murasaki Mura's 2nd annual lantern festival took place from November 2016 to February 2017.
I mentioned in passing that during my time in Osaka, I stayed in a Buddhist Temple, and vowed to share that experience with you. My apologies for leaving it so long, but you know, life. No time like the present, so here it is. Rows of Buddhist statues. Back in July of 2016, husband and [...]
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 [...]