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Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘quest‘, which immediately made me think of a number of adventures I’ve had in Japan. Often, both whilst living there and during my other trips, I’ve felt like I am on some kind of quest or mission. Sometimes I’m searching for the perfect photo opportunity, sometimes I’m searching for … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Half a Dual Pilgrim

Japan 2015: Half a Dual Pilgrim

Whilst walking the Kumano Kodo I discovered a number of things. One was that I really like hiking, the other was the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St James. The Kumano Kodo and the Camino de Santiago are the only two pilgrimage routes in the world to be registered as UNESCO World Heritage … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Three

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Three

When I left you last I was settling in for the night in Yunomine Onsen, listening to the rain as I laid my head on the futon, praying for a brighter day tomorrow. Fortunately, I woke the following day, Tuesday 26th November, to find the rain had stopped. It was a dull start to the … 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

Japan 2015: Solo Pilgrimage

Japan 2015: Solo Pilgrimage

Greetings from Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉)! I had planned to write sooner, but I’ve just been so damn busy having fun and catching up with everyone in Nagoya. I already have lots of stories to share, but they will come later when I eventually upload all of my photos and write proper blog posts. For now, … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Wakayama (和歌山県)

Japan by Prefecture: Wakayama (和歌山県)

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 Wakayama (和歌山県). Wakayama Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Wakayama (和歌山市). Wakayama is one of my favourite prefectures, as it is … Continue reading