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Japan 2015: Spirited Away in Matsuyama

Japan 2015: Spirited Away in Matsuyama

Somehow it’s May, and I’m still writing about December! It was Friday 11th December when I arrived in Matsuyama (松山) in Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県). I was excited to be there, and excited to finally be having a two night stay in my busy trip where I had been hopping from one destination to another. Matsuyama … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Naoshima – The Art Island

Japan 2015: Naoshima – The Art Island

Wednesday 9th December was to be one of the absolute highlights of my trip to Japan. Naoshima (直島), the ‘art island’ in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海) is now one of my favourite places in Japan, without a doubt. It’s gorgeous. I arrived on the island fairly early having taken the ferry from Takamatsu, and took … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Two

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Two

It’s been a while since I wrote. As predicted, real life is getting in the way of me writing about my great adventures. But I have so many stories to tell – I mustn’t let time pass too quickly. So, in my last post I had just begun my Kumano Kodo (熊野古道) adventure and had … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day One

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day One

My trip originally started out as just a holiday with no work element, and one of the main focusses of the holiday was always doing the Kumano Kodo (熊野古道). The Kumano Kodo is a series of pilgrimage trails that criss-cross the Kii Peninsula (紀伊半島), and the routes have collectively been designated a World Heritage Site. … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 裸の付き合い

Word of the Week: 裸の付き合い

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘no’ (の), and focussed on the word 飲みニケーション (nominication), meaning ‘communication through drinking’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ha’ (は). A big thank you to the one person who joined in with their … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 38

A to Wa of Japan: Week 38

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  や (ya) and we looked at yatai (屋台). This week we are looking at things beginning with ゆ (yu). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Sequins and Cherry Blossom suggested (o)yu (お湯 / literally ‘hot water’, but … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 27

A to Wa of Japan: Week 27

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with の (no) and we looked at Nokogiriyama (鋸山). This week we are looking at things beginning with は (ha). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Hamamatsu (浜松 / a city in Shizuoka Prefecture), Hakodate (函館 / a city … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #38

Weekly Shiritori #38

Last week’s post was about Kobe (こうべ / 神戸), so this week I need to start with べ (be). A very big thank you to everyone who joined in the game of Shiritori this week, including ZoomingJapan and japanaustralia, who both suggested Beppu (別府) and Bessho Onsen (eek – Onsen ends in ん – I can’t use that!), and lovelycomplex22 and Abi who both voted … Continue reading

Introducing… InsideJapan Tours

Introducing… InsideJapan Tours

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you today to James Mundy, PR and Marketing Manager at InsideJapan Tours (IJT) – award-winning specialists in travel to Japan. AM: James, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. First, please could you tell us a bit about InsideJapan Tours – who are … Continue reading

Nagano adventure pt. 3/3: Snow Monkeys!

Welcome to part three of my Nagano adventure (sorry to be so slow in posting this)! Please check out part one and part two as well. On the Monday (21st March), it was finally time for the main part of our trip. The whole reason to go to Nagano was to see snow monkeys. These … Continue reading