Car rental in Japan.

Public transport in Japan is generally amazing; trains run on time virtually all the time, buses are regular and easy to use, and flying is also a reasonable option if you're traveling far. However, a car can grant you freedom you don't get from public transport. Rules when hiring a car. Unlike hiring a car [...]

Mamakannon, Komaki.

Anyone who has been following this blog a while will know I really love to visit temples and shrines. On a recent visit to Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, I came across a most unique temple; Mamakannon. Entrance. What's unique about it? I'm glad you asked. Mamakannon, or Mama Chichi Kannon, is Japan's only temple dedicated to [...]

Honen Matsuri 2018.

One thing I enjoy most about travel is the opportunity to experience a culture far removed from my own. Japan is a country rich in culture, and I never tire of dipping my toes in its vast waters, so to speak. Recently, I had the opportunity to partake in an unusual cultural experience: Honen Matsuri. [...]

Sumiyoshi Shrine, Fukuoka.

Sumiyoshi Shrine in Hakata City, Fukuoka, has an interesting story to tell. Take a walk through its serene grounds with me, won't you? Entrance. History. Sumiyoshi Shrine is dedicated to safe sea faring. Travellers from Yamato to China and Korea would make a pilgrimage, starting at the head Shrine Sumiyoshi Taisha in Osaka, visiting each [...]

Top 5: Fukuoka.

Fukuoka may just be my favourite city in Japan. I'm simply in love with it. It's hard to choose just 5 things I love about it, but here goes. In no particular order: Nanzoin Temple. Still technically Fukuoka Prefecture, this incredible place is just a 25-30 minute train ride from Hakata Station. It's famous for [...]

Nanzoin Temple.

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while (thank you!), knows I love to visit places of cultural and historical importance. I am particularly fond of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Nanzoin Temple is one of the most breathtaking I have had the pleasure of visiting. Here is why it's worthy of your [...]

Top 5: Taipei.

Taipei is an awesome city in an awesome country. Its one of my favourite cities in the world, and I would move there in a heartbeat. Lets have a look at 5 things I really loved about Taipei. In no particular order: Ximending. Hands down, best district in Taipei. It's one stop away from Taipei [...]

Top 5: Seoul.

Seoul was an enjoyable trip. I visited for Christmas in 2016, and spent most of the time there forgetting it was Christmas. Perfect. In no particular order, here are my top 5 spots and sights for Seoul. Insadong. This is the area I stayed in, and is quite possibly my favourite neighbourhood. It's a cultural [...]

Ema boards.

Ema boards, or wishing plaques, are a mainstay of Shintoism, but it can also be seen in use in some Buddhist temples. They have a rather interesting origin, allow me to impart. History. The word ema is comprised of two kanji: 絵馬. The first 絵 for picture, and 馬 for horse. Horses are revered as [...]