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Japan 2015: Oigawa Railway Adventure

Japan 2015: Oigawa Railway Adventure

Back when I was a teacher at AEON we used to use these textbooks that had conversations in them for the students to practice. I can still recite bits of some of the more memorable conversations, and one that has always stuck in my mind is this one: It was a bit of a ridiculous … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: S is for…

When thinking about what to write for S in my A-Z of Japan, I’m really spoilt for choice. I could write about sushi (寿司), soba (蕎麦) or shochu (焼酎). Shinto (神道), shukubo (temple lodging), or shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine). Sapporo (札幌市), Shibuya (渋谷区) or Shizuoka (静岡県). Sakura (桜), sumo (相撲) or shrines (神社). All of those would be good topics, but I’ve decided … Continue reading

Tokyo area trip itinerary

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that in April I finished my three years in Japan with an eight night stay in Tokyo (well, actually it was seven in Tokyo and one in Chiba). My trip included excursions to various nearby places, but my main base was Shinagawa. Now I’ve finally finished writing … Continue reading


Still on April 19th, I moved on from Hase-dera and made my way to Enoshima. Enoshima is a tiny island which is only about 4km in circumference, and it’s not far away from Kamakura. In order to get to Enoshima, I had to take the Enoden train from Hase Station (right near Hase-dera) in Kamakura … Continue reading

Breakfast with Businessmen

One of the best things about staying in a hotel is when that hotel has free breakfast. I’m staying in a Toyoko Inn and they usually offer a Japanese style breakfast which mainly consists of “onigiri” (rice balls), miso soup, and salad/vegetables. I can’t eat salad for breakfast, but I think onigiri are great! This … Continue reading

Kit Kat Shinkansen!

I don’t usually double post my blogs, but I thought this particular Japanese Kit Kat design might be of interest not only to Kit Kat fans, but also general Japan fans. That’s why you can find this post here, on Haikugirl’s Japan, and also over on my Kit Kat blog, Kit Kats!. I found this … Continue reading