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2012

Sorry for the inactivity in the past few weeks, it’s just been pretty crazy at work.  To kick things off, I’ll start on a positive note. We all have our ups and downs; certain years and times of our lives are better than others. 2012 was one of my best years, I have so many… Continue reading 2012

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How I fell in Love with Japan (Part 5 – Food)

Posting about a trip to Japan cannot be complete without a feature on food, which is one of the key attractions of Japan. I did a lot of research on restaurants prior to our trip and I’m glad to say that it paid off. Here are some of the highlights, in no particular order. Apologies for… Continue reading How I fell in Love with Japan (Part 5 – Food)

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How I fell in Love with Japan (Part 4 – Hakone)

Last but not least on my first trip to Japan is Hakone, a beautiful hot spring or 'onsen' region near Tokyo and Mt Fuji. Unfortunately, due to increased volcanic activity, this area was closed for some time last year and recently reopened to tourists, but parts of its are still closed. There is a sightseeing loop in… Continue reading How I fell in Love with Japan (Part 4 – Hakone)

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How I Fell in Love with Japan (Part 3 – Miyajima)

Part 3 of my Japan trip brings us to Miyajima, a less well known place to overseas tourists. It is an island near Hiroshima and is known to the locals as one of the top three most scenic places in Japan. By ferry, it takes only 10 minutes to get to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Even… Continue reading How I Fell in Love with Japan (Part 3 – Miyajima)

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How I Fell In Love with Japan (Part 2 – Kyoto)

Kyoto doesn’t need much introduction – most people have seen photos of the beautiful temples, shrines and the old architecture which have been well preserved. As such, I will only focus on my strongest impressions and favourites. We timed our trip to coincide with the sakura (i.e. cherry blossoms) season, which enhanced the beauty of… Continue reading How I Fell In Love with Japan (Part 2 – Kyoto)