I spent three months in Japan last year and I learned so much about the country and its culture. Japanese culture is incredibly different to western culture and in many ways this is for the better. So I thought I’d share a few of the more unusual and wonderful things about Japan that you might… Continue reading 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Japan
Before coming to Japan, I knew that the food was going to be pretty different to back home in the UK. I bought British breakfast tea with me because I didn’t know if they’d have it over here, and even googled whether the Japanese were big on coffee (they are, as it turns out).… Continue reading 10 Foods I’d Never Encountered Before I Came To Japan
Last weekend, my friend Jennie came down from Saitama to visit Kyoto and Osaka. We’d had it arranged for a while so I was really excited to see her. Our plan was to go to Kyoto for two days, since we’d both never visited the city, then I’d show her around Osaka for two days and… Continue reading Exploring Kyoto part one: Ginkaku-ji, Gion and Ponto-cho
Kurama Fire Festival, or Kurama no Hi-Matsuri, as it’s known in Japan, is a festival that takes place once a year on 22nd October in the small village of Kurama (just north of Kyoto). Japan is particularly famous for its festivals, so I’d read up on a number of them before I arrived and knew… Continue reading Kurama Fire Festival
Osaka Castle, or Ōsaka-jō, lies in the Chuo ward and is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. The castle was built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who wanted to model it on Azuchi Castle, but make it even grander and more vast. He made it so grand, in fact, that the tall turrets have been… Continue reading Visiting Osaka Castle
Hello from Osaka, Japan! After month of planning and preparation, I finally flew out on 7th October. My journey involved two flights; a 1 hour flight from Manchester to Amsterdam, and then a connecting 11 hour flight to Osaka. The flights themselves were good (I watched Star Trek: Beyond on the long hall flight and loved… Continue reading Arriving in Japan
So I’m currently packing for Japan, and as the title suggests, I need help deciding which books to take with me. I’m currently reading Empire of Storms, so if I don’t finish it before I leave then I’ll definitely be taking it with me. Here are the other books I’m considering: Realistically, I can only… Continue reading Help me decide which books to take to Japan!