Welcome to Japan: Weird & Wonderful

Japan

“In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either.  Nothing makes any sense.  They’re very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you’re there” Bill Murray This was my first visit to Japan.  I wasn’t sure what to expect. So […]

Miyajima & Hiroshima

Miyajima Island

I always thought that Hiroshima was known for all the wrong reasons, however recently I’ve come to think that maybe it’s not.  As terrorist attacks become almost common place in major cities around the world, and every day the news start with a story of a new atrocity, maybe we should be thinking more about […]

Kyoto: Temples, Shrines, Forests & Geisha

Kyoto, Japan

The Fushimi-Inari Shrine is one of the most well-known images of Japan, and rightfully so, it’s spectacular.  There are hundreds of orange vermilion torii gates, which form a pathway that unbeknownst to me, lead to the top of Mount Inari.  It was an unexpected burst of exercise to start the day and certainly one way to […]

Eating and drinking in Japan

Food tour, Kyoto

I love getting to know different cultures and I don’t think that there’s a better way to do so than through food.  I got the perfect introduction to both Japanese food and sake through a tour that I had booked with Jason, an American from Minnesota who has been living in Kyoto with his Japanese wife for […]

Tokyo: Raw fish for breakfast

Tokyo, Japan

For a city of around 13.5 million people, I was surprised how quiet Tokyo was when I landed.  Admittedly, it was very early, around 4.45 am, however I soon discovered that nothing much seemed to happen before 9.00 am or even later. My first stop was to the Tsukiji fish market.  The largest wholesale fish market […]