Sakura (Cherry Blossom) 2022?

Or, when should I travel to Japan after borders reopen? I'm not sure about you, but I am literally frothing at the bit to travel again. The suggestion that Australia's borders may reopen by the end of the year has me very excited. I am desperate to visit family in Canada. I am also longing … Continue reading Sakura (Cherry Blossom) 2022?

Tokyo Olympics and Lockdown Fatigue

Tokyo 2020 logo surrounded by the pictograms of the sports included in the Olympics. Blue and white logo and Olympic Rings with blue and white sports pictograms in a scattered pattern around the logo.

As of 8pm last night Melbourne entered its 6th lockdown. We only emerged from number 5 eight days prior. My lockdown fatigue is oppressive. It is being made infinitely more difficult by a number of factors. Foremost, the Tokyo Olympics. We started seeing the preparations for the Olympics in Japan from 2018. The very cute … Continue reading Tokyo Olympics and Lockdown Fatigue

Travel and the Coronavirus

Map of Coronavirus Spread

As a young person, probably in my late teens, I became somewhat obsessed with epidemiology and read voraciously about viruses, the CDC and Ebola, in particular. The Hot Zone, Virus X and The Coming Plague still sit on the shelf in our study. I feel like I have been waiting for the Coronavirus, without knowing … Continue reading Travel and the Coronavirus

Fujioka Shuzo, The Secret is Out

Do you ever have one of those moments when you are travelling, when you stumble upon something truly special. Something that is not in the guide books. A place that captures the town or city that you are exploring. You get almost giddy with excitement. It's like you've captured a Pulitzer Prize winning photo, or … Continue reading Fujioka Shuzo, The Secret is Out

Top 15 Things to see in Tokyo and Kyoto Part TWO

A little later than I had hoped, but better late than never. Part two of the very difficult to narrow down list of my favourite places to visit in Tokyo and Kyoto. Gion and Ponto-cho Gion is the most famous of the 花街 hanamachi, the geisha districts of Kyoto. (Although in Kyoto they are called geiko … Continue reading Top 15 Things to see in Tokyo and Kyoto Part TWO

Top 15 Things to See in Tokyo and Kyoto Part ONE

I am always torn when people ask me for my advice on what is unmissable in both Tokyo and Kyoto. It is a really hard question to answer. There are so many amazing things to see in both places. However, as I am currently planning a trip with my mum and step-dad (their first time), … Continue reading Top 15 Things to See in Tokyo and Kyoto Part ONE

Looking for the Master

As a follower of Japanese culture, if you have never seen Midnight Diner on Netflix, you need to stop reading this blog for a moment and queue it up. It is one of Nihonshu Girl’s and my favourite television shows - ever. It is set in a diner in the backstreets of Shinjuku which opens … Continue reading Looking for the Master

Return to Japan and Return to Blogging

After a bit of a break from blogging, and a bit of a break from travel (I have been very distracted.... thanks, Super Sake Boy ☺️😛) I am happy to report, I am returning to both. Yay. Firstly, my return to blogging. I am very excited to sink my teeth back into writing my blog. … Continue reading Return to Japan and Return to Blogging

Japanese trains ❤️

the front of a Japan Rail Pass

The first time I flew into Tokyo I was quite nervous about the Tokyo train system.... It is very extensive. Greater Tokyo, in fact, has the most extensive urban rail network in the world. According to Wikipedia, it has 158 different lines, 48 operators, 4,715km of track and 2,210 stations.... Slightly overwhelming. I needn't have … Continue reading Japanese trains ❤️

Why Japan Stole My Heart

I first visited Japan in March last year, 2015. I had always been fascinated with the culture, the food and the anime. When I asked my kids where in the world they would most like to go, Japan came up in everyone's top three. So, having always wanted to visit, we began planning our trip. … Continue reading Why Japan Stole My Heart