How to See the Best of Hiroshima and Miyajiama in one Day

How to See the Best of Hiroshima and Miyajiama in one Day

My lovely travel brainsters, you wanted Hiroshima, you got Hiroshima. On a very rainy day, I packed myself into my uber stylish raincoat, packed my bento for the Shinkansen and zoomed over to the other end of Japan. Nothing too far for you. Having arrived there I was with no clue as how to see […]

Back to the Samurai with these 7 Must See Castles in Japan

Castles strewn all over Europe have always captured my interest and it was just a natural extension for me to immediately hunt Japan castles down the first chance I got to. Australia and New Zealand didn’t have any to show for (no, I’m not counting you, Dunedin). Matsumoto was the first on my list and […]

How to Make an Okonomiyaki Hiroshima-style

[gb:]Today I have a very special treat for you! The all-time classic Japanese dish that isn’t sushi but still amazing (plus, I am still not a big fan of sushi). Everyone who has watched Ranma ½ will be familiar with this dish that requires the expert handling of two kotes, spatulas, making it indeed look […]

#YoutubeWednesday: The How to Guide to Japanese Temples

Japan has an insane amount of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and not only their appearance is beautiful with the intense vermilion colour and wooden constructions but also the fact that they coexist side by side and you can also practice both religions. That’s what I call religious freedom, tolerance and love for fellow humans.

What Happens when a Foodie goes to Nagano

I bet you’ve already got the message, being a foodie in Japan is da bomb. So much yumminess on every corner and even if you don’t know what the dish actually includes and how to pronounce the name, there are pictures for clueless tourists everywhere. So, grab your chopstick and head over to Nagano, the […]

You Should Know this before Backpacking Japan

I thought backpacking Japan would go just as smoothly as in New Zealand. Just going with the flow and see how it goes. Well, that might not have been the best idea in retrospect. Most of the time I am utterly confused and my favourite line that haunts my thoughts is “I just don’t know… […]

The First Thing You Should Do when You Arrive in Osaka (my kind of foodie welcome and the best sunset viewing platform)

The First Thing You Should Do when You Arrive in Osaka

I had prepared a screenshot of my map that would lead me from the central bus stop at the Umeda building to the central station. Upon taking a second look, it seemed amazingly far away and with my backpack that magically seemed to gain weight (but I had just sent away 2 kg!), I decided […]

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The Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo You Can’t Miss

So I missed it by a day, but that does not mean that I completely failed my mission of chasing down the sakura and doing some cherry blossom watching. I located the best places to admire the splendour of the hundreds and thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. If you ever get to Tokyo […]

What is Anime Japan like? At the Biggest Anime Convention in Tokyo

Boarding a steel grey train, I exited the Tokyo world of neon lights and busy streets and flew away into a futuristic world full of staggering high rise constructions with gaping holes and an odd metal ball in their middle, massive lean bridges and broad alleys surrounded by geometrically shaped hedges that provided the only […]

Watch out, the uber Otaku is Here

I am talking about me, of course. If you didn’t know, an *otaku is generally referred to as a super anime/manga fan (but don’t mention that to Japanese people because it means more of a weirdo dorky nerd person to them). Maybe it’s an old-school term, which might very well be true judging by the […]

Where Food Heaven is Just around the Corner

I have never had Japanese food in my life. Unless, of course, you count that one time I had vegetarian sushi in a Chinese restaurant in Sweden where I had to use chopsticks and became the centre of general amusement. And now I am in Japan. Being a self proclaimed foodie and getting giddy at […]