I last visited Shuri in 2014, but recent news of its destruction has me thinking about it again.
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 [...]
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 [...]
In my last post, I talked about enjoying the unusual customs of other countries. Last year, I attended Kanamara Matsuri, a famous festival held yearly in Kawasaki, that celebrates all things penis. Since I've already discussed the meaning behind the festival (here if you care to read it), in this post I will focus on [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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" [...]
The waters lapping Sesoko Beach, Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan, are some of the clearest I've ever seen.