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Japan by Prefecture: Nara (奈良県)

Japan by Prefecture: Nara (奈良県)

NOTE: At the time of writing there is a problem with Flickr which means a lot of the images here on Haikugirl’s Japan appear broken. The images are still there though, so hopefully Flickr will figure out what’s going on and fix it soon. As a paying ‘pro’ member I can’t say I’m too happy … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Toyama & Takaoka

Japan 2014: Toyama & Takaoka

On Thursday 5th June I made a ridiculous journey. It was the kind of journey that, as a travel professional, I would have advised my customers against… but I was determined to fit everything in! So, I travelled from Sendai to Toyama (富山). I left Sendai just after 9am and should have reached Toyama at … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kamaishi

Japan 2014: Kamaishi

I know, I know… I really need to get these posts finished! I’m not quite sure where the year has gone, but back in June I was exploring Kamaishi (釜石) in Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) and now it’s about time I told you about it. Kamaishi was not a place I had heard of until 2011, … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Has it really been almost 5 months since I woke up in Naruko Onsen after two peaceful nights and set off on the next part of my adventure? Time flies, doesn’t it? I really must get a wriggle on and finish sharing all these stories! So, it was 29th May and, after a delicious breakfast … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

After the excitement of Rokkonsai I opted for a more solitary day, taking my first steps along haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s ‘Narrow Road to the North’, or ‘Oku no hosomichi‘ (奥の細道). In the late spring of 1689 Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉) and his haiku poet apprentice Kawai Sora (河合 曾良) set out on their epic journey, and … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Ushiku Daibutsu

Japan 2014: Ushiku Daibutsu

I’ve been back from Japan for almost three weeks now and in a weird way it’s like it never happened. Work is in full swing, and I’ve hardly had a moment to stop. Still, my house is happily full of Japanese food and souvenirs, and I have thousands of photos to remind me of the … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Daibutsu

Postcard from Japan: Daibutsu

Today I climbed a mountain in the pouring rain to see this: I got completely soaked, and it was exhausting, but it was worth it! More on this place – Nokogiri – in the future! I have just one more day left in Japan, so I need to get a good night’s sleep tonight…