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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

It’s been ages since I took part in WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, so I thought this week I’d give it a go. This week the theme is ‘Mirror‘, which got me thinking about reflections. In Japan there are so many good opportunities for photos of reflections – here are just a few pictures I’ve taken … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Nagano (長野県)

Japan by Prefecture: Nagano (長野県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Nagano (長野県). Nagano Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Nagano City (長野市). I’ve actually been to a lot of Nagano’s … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

I’ve never been much of one for hiking and the outdoors, but that all changed on May 17th when I visited Kamikochi (上高地). Taking a much-needed weekend off from my work duties in Japan, I met my friend and we travelled together to Kamikochi for a spot of hiking and fresh air. I think it … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

On May 15th, I paid my second visit to the Japanese macaques at Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) in Yamanouchi (山ノ内) near Yudanaka Onsen (湯田中温泉) in Nagano Prefecture (長野県) (read about my first visit in 2011 here). Famously known as ‘snow monkeys’, I wondered if the monkeys would be as appealing without the snow. They were! To … Continue reading

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

On 14th May I spent one night in Nagano with the tour group I was travelling with for work. I’d been to Nagano before and visited its famous temple Zenkoji (善光) in March 2011, but I was still excited to go back. We stayed right by Zenkoji in a shukubo (temple lodging) called Zenkoji Tokugyobou. … Continue reading

4 Weeks in Japan

4 Weeks in Japan

I have just spent the most incredible 4 weeks in Japan. As I’ve been travelling I’ve tried to feed you little snippets of what I’ve bee doing via this blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but I have in no way covered it all. As time goes on I will be posting about certain aspects of my … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Monkey Magic

Postcard from Japan: Monkey Magic

I’ve been in Japan less than five full days and have already taken around 1,400 photos. Oops. I really couldn’t help myself when we visited the Jigokudani snow monkey park in Yudanaka Onsen today though. These Japanese macaques are just too damn cute.

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