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Japan 2015: Postcard from Koyasan

Japan 2015: Postcard from Koyasan

I’ve been meaning to post more but I’ve just been too busy and tired in the evenings. Do keep an eye on Instagram (@ali_haikugirl) for regular updates though! (It’s much easier to post quickly on there, and at the moment I’m posting a few times a day.) When I’m back in the UK I’ll post … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘Serenity‘, and the topic instantly made me think of a photo I took whilst I was in Tokyo last year at Zojoji temple. This little Jizo dude is just so serene, and not at all phased by the chaos of Tokyo all around him.

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: Matsushima

Japan 2014: Matsushima

In my last post I wrote about a morning visit to Shiogama (塩釜), and left you waiting for me to move on to Matsushima (松島). So, here goes! After visiting Shiogama Shrine, I made my way back to Hon-Shiogama Station and waited for the next sightseeing boat to Matsushima. It was a dull day, and … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Shiogama

Japan 2014: Shiogama

“Early the next morning, we visited Shiogama Shrine, rebuilt by Masamune, Lord of Date, when he was governor of the province. The fine wooden pillars were of impressive girth, and the rafter beams were brightly painted. The shrine was at the top of a long flight of stone steps, and its vermilion lacquered fence was … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Sendai

Japan 2014: Sendai

Despite staying three nights in Sendai (仙台) I didn’t get to see all that much of it as I was using it as a base to visit other areas. Still, what I did see of Sendai I liked. It seemed like a very livable city, not too dissimilar to Nagoya really, and it’s certainly a … 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