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A Sweet Start to 2017

Happy New Year everyone! 😀 I hope that 2017 will be one amazing year for you full of adventure, good health and great company. As it is the start of a new year, I have decided to refresh my blog by updating the design and changing the name to reflect current circumstances as I am…… Continue reading A Sweet Start to 2017

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Tsuwano: Church, Chapel, and Shrine

On the first day of my visit to the small samurai town of Tsuwano, I explored the main street, Tonomachi, in the old part of town. On the second day, my aim was to visit the famous Catholic church and chapel, as well as walk up to the inari shrine that overlooks the town. Tsuwano…… Continue reading Tsuwano: Church, Chapel, and Shrine

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Tsuwano: Steam Trains, Carp, and Samurai

This past July I hopped on the SL Yamaguchi Steam Train and made my way up to the old castle town of Tswano. The town is in Shimane prefecture, but lies so close to the border that it is sometimes mistaken as a Yamaguchi prefecture town. I spent a weekend here and was able to…… Continue reading Tsuwano: Steam Trains, Carp, and Samurai

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Buddhist Temple Lodge Experience

When I visited Koyasan in Wakayama prefecture last year, I spent two nights at a Shukubo Temple Lodge – one of the 52 temple accommodation options in the town. The temple lodgings, run by Buddhist monks, allows you the opportunity to get a glimpse into temple life by dining on their unique and divinely delicious vegetarian…… Continue reading Buddhist Temple Lodge Experience

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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

My final week in Japan was spent partly in Tokyo and partly in Onomichi. While in Tokyo I made my way to the Tokyo Sky Tree (which I had never been to before) and headed to the Sumida Aquarium. The reason why I wanted to go there was because of a current exhibition called the…… Continue reading So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

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The SL Yamaguchi Steam Train

If you ever happen to be in Yamaguchi prefecture, or nearby, then I highly recommend you spend a day (or two) travelling on the SL Yamaguchi steam train to the mountain town of Tsuwano. The Facts The five coach steam train runs every weekend and on public holidays from March through to the end of…… Continue reading The SL Yamaguchi Steam Train

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Bunkasai Time!

Around this time of year many schools have their cultural festival (文化祭, bunkasai). Attending a bunkasai is so much fun, and this past Saturday I attended my one island school’s festival. It was a lot of fun and the English Club girls had done a ‘profile’ poster of me which they had displayed in one…… Continue reading Bunkasai Time!

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Are You Ready For Sumo?!

Are you ready to feast your eyes on almost-naked, bear-like men wrestling each other? Well I am! Well, I did actually – at the ‘2015 November Grand Sumo Tournament’ in Hakata, Fukuoka. This past weekend about 30 of us Hiroshima ALTs hopped on a bus and travelled down to Fukuoka where we spent our time…… Continue reading Are You Ready For Sumo?!

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Koyasan: Introduction and Okunoin

Koyasan, or Mount Koya in English, is a small town that sits almost 900m above sea level in the Wakayama Prefecture. It is the centre of Shingon Buddhism and this year is celebrating its 1200th anniversary of the founding of the Buddhist sect. As someone who has a keen interest in Buddhism, I couldn’t pass…… Continue reading Koyasan: Introduction and Okunoin

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Hiroshima Flower Festival: Part II

To continue from my first post on the festival, I will now share with you pictures of the time I spent walking around the Hiroshima Flower Festival during the latter half of the day. After lunch I decided to do a second lap of the Peace Memorial Park and Boulevard as there was always something…… Continue reading Hiroshima Flower Festival: Part II