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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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Last Day, Sightseeing, Returning Home, and 2017 JET Applications

I realise it has been a while since I posted, but as you can imagine things have been a bit hectic here with packing up, getting my apartment ready for my successor, closing accounts, attending three school farewell parties, preparing farewell speeches… Speaking of farewell speeches, mine fortunately went off without a hitch this morning…… Continue reading Last Day, Sightseeing, Returning Home, and 2017 JET Applications

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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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Miyajima: Autumn Leaves, Deer and Daisho-in

Miyajima is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Hiroshima. The island is the perfect place to visit for the autumn leaves (as well as during spring for the cherry blossoms), and it has great food (okonomiyaki and oysters), photogenic deer, and Daisho-in – a Shingon Buddhist temple (often visited by…… Continue reading Miyajima: Autumn Leaves, Deer and Daisho-in

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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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A Brief Interlude

August is the month of summer vacation in Japan. A time where desk-warming is in full swing, the art of looking busy has been mastered, and English speech contest coaching is called for. Additionally, this is usually the best time (along with Christmas time) to take nenkyu (paid leave) and go travelling or visit home.…… Continue reading A Brief Interlude