Category Archives: Japan 2017

Stare intently with Japanese eyes

And so our late-taken, 25th anniversary holiday, comes to an end. With a final look down the endless corridor of the hotel at Haneda Airport, we flew off home. On the long flight home I thought about the things I’ll … Continue reading

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When samurai go feral

Nikki Danjo was a nasty bit of work. He not only had aspirations beyond his station but he could also turn into a large sewer rat, seemingly at will. Naturally he comes to a nasty end…after a rather prolonged fight … Continue reading

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It is believed it had an attic

It wasn’t supposed to rain in Kanazawa today even though it seriously looked like it would and it rained most of the night. It did rain in Kanazawa today but, fortunately, we were inside when it did. Besides, Mirinda borrowed … Continue reading

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Nudes and dudes

It was supposed to rain today in Kanazawa. In fact there were grey and foreboding clouds all day. It didn’t rain in Kanazawa today. Which is good because we were outside for most of it. After having a coffee in … Continue reading

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Focus on the Bento box

I was sitting in the Hiroshima Peace Park when a Japanese man came over to talk. He asked me where I was from, how long I’d been in Japan and how I liked it. I told him it was a … Continue reading

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Day of rest

Claire used to say that when on holiday, the participants should have at least one day off a week otherwise they are in danger of not enjoying the other six days from being exhausted. I agree completely. It’s for this … Continue reading

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Public bathing on Miyajima

For our final morning in Kyoto, we decided to leave our bags at the hotel and venture out to the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts. I’d had enough temples for the time being and felt we needed to see a … Continue reading

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In the knees of the Buddha

Beware, dear reader, if you find yourself in Kyoto, in a hotel on the Shijo-dori and you feel like walking to a conveniently located cafe called Holly’s Cafe, it is a smoker’s cafe. Literally. It is very big and at … Continue reading

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Real-maiko for dinner

Tonight we went to dinner with a couple of Maiko and a Geiko. For those that do not know a Maiko is a trainee Geiko and a Geiko is what we call a Geisha…but more of that later. Believe it … Continue reading

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Fake-geisha everywhere

Japan may be known for its amazing acceptance and development of technology but it seems to be lagging behind with the kettle. The one in our hotel is a prime example of making water boil as slowly as possible. With … Continue reading

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