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 [...]

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 [...]

Top 5: Osaka.

I really enjoyed Osaka. It's well located, has a good mix of past and present, and is easy to get round thanks to its efficient and vast subway system. Though it's hard, I've decided to pick out my top 5 favourite things about Osaka. In no particular order: Dotombori. This is the infamous "neon dream" [...]

That time I visited a vibrator bar.

No that isn't a typo. A vibrator bar. Such a glorious thing is an actual reality, at least in Tokyo. Let's buzz on in, shall we? It's like being in a normal bar. Are you shitting me? I am not. The Vibe Bar Wild One is a unique drinking establishment located in the heart of [...]

Kanamara Matsuri 2017.

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.

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 [...]