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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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" [...]

10 of Japan’s weirdest sex aids.

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 [...]

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 [...]