A fine selection of teas in a tiny teashop, Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan.
As a follow up to my post about Kanamara Matsuri, I thought it might be fun to delve into Japan's weird sexy side. Or at least look at some of the odd sex aids you can buy. In no particular order, here are 10 of the strangest: 1.Cute flavoured condoms. Nothing says sexy like a [...]
Kanamara Matsuri. The name may not be familiar, but if you like to read up about weird shit on the internet (like me), you may well know it by a different name; Japan's penis festival. Of course, I went along for the 2017 celebration of everything phallic. Some happy festival-goers. History. This is a Shinto [...]
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 [...]
A deep hued hibiscus flower spotted in Yomitan, Okinawa, Japan.
Spotted in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, where even the other half lives like the rest of us.
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 [...]
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. 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 [...]
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 [...]