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 [...]

Air Bnb vs. Hotels.

If, like me, you're a frugal traveller but dislike the company of strangers (or people in general), Air Bnb has been a wonderful alternative to hostels, and a budget friendly alternative to hotels. But which is better? Do you splurge on a hotel and (almost) guarantee a level of comfort? Or do you risk it [...]

Fun with Purikura.

You may have heard of Purikura, or even used it, without really knowing what it is. Purikura is a shortened version of the name "Purinto Kurabu" (プリントクラブ- Print Club in English). It's basically a photo booth you use with friends, that allows you to take cute pictures, edit, and print to keep! They're also stickers, [...]

Kawachinagano.

You may or may not have heard of Kawachinagano. It's a city located in Osaka prefecture, and if you find yourself anywhere near it, I highly recommend a visit. Kawachinagano. Kawachinagano was founded on April 1st 1954, and is often also called Okukawachi. Whilst the city itself is relatively new, it's surroundings are steeped in [...]