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Japan Diary: August 2022 {1/2}

Usually I’d be starting this at the beginning of the month, then updating as things happened, but here I am, 6:30am on August 30th, typing my first sentences.…

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Japan Diary: July 2022

The start of July called for more organisation than I’m used to, but I was determined to hit the ground running. Time was running out to get things…

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29 Life Lessons Before 29 (4+ Years in Japan Edition)

It’s that time of year again: the annual birthday post! However, instead of writing a completely brand new idea, I thought that this year I could revisit my…

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TOKYO: A Tale of Two Towers

With Monday July 18th being my last national holiday in Japan before unemployment started calling my name, I wanted to make the most of it while still staying…

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Big Changes are Coming

I’m going to be honest, I’ve been putting off writing this. In fact, I’ve been putting it off so much that it’s started to seep into my other…

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Japan Diary: June 2022

June started off the best way I know how: with plenty of opportunity to socialise.

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Japan Diary: May 2022

While my first few days of May were very uneventful, Golden Week was about to kick off properly. 

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The largest lake and an unexpected adventure [LAKE BIWA]

I woke up on my last day in Shiga feeling a little on edge.

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The home of the horned warlords [HIKONE]

After crossing the Gifu-Shiga border the night before, I woke up in my Hikone hotel feeling much more refreshed than I had the previous morning.  My schedule was…

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The countryside town which changed Japan [SEKIGAHARA]

Checking out of my hotel relatively early, I wanted to move on to the next section of my trip as soon as possible.

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The home of one of Japan’s greatest warriors [GIFU]

One of the ways I ended up spending my absolutely dreadful quarantine period was dreaming of freedom, of being able to leave those four walls again. One of…

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Japan Diary: April 2022

Between having a rough few months and the self-imposed deadline to fulfil my Japan travel goals approaching, I figured that having a few days away would be the…

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Updated Reading List {2022 Edition}

It has been a while since I last published a book post. In fact, it’s been over a year at this point and considering I used to regularly…

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Temples and love hotels and deer… oh my! (Nara)

Having spent a good few hours exploring the old capital of Asuka, it was time to properly experience the place which came after.

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Visiting the birthplace of Japan (Asuka, Nara Prefecture)

My second day of my trip, I was due for another early start. Originally I’d planned this part of the itinerary for the day after, but I was…

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Arashiyama with no tourists? (Kyoto & Uji in 2022)

Over the past four and a half years, I have visited Kyoto three times. I decided that my third would be my last for a long time, because…

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Japan Diary: March 2022 {2/2}

After the earthquake on the 16th, it was back to life as normal.

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Japan Diary: March 2022 {1/2}

I may live in Japan, but that doesn’t mean I let British holidays go by unobserved. So when Pancake Day fell on March 1st, I made a deliberate…

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10 Goals (For When I Move Back To The UK)

Between going back to the UK for Christmas and a few other things which occurred over the past couple of months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the…

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Sendai: My Date with Date Masamune

Other than a brief stop in Shizuoka City around August, I hadn’t really travelled anywhere since visiting Nagoya in April 2021. The state of Japan was making me…

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Japan Diary: February 2022

As much as I was hoping that February would bring more positivity… that didn’t exactly happen.

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5 Tips to Get Through Japan’s Hotel Quarantine

I recently went through Japan’s quarantine system after travelling back to the UK for the holidays, and while I thought I was ready for it, I was wrong.…

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Japan Diary: January 2022

At the end of my last diary post, my positive COVID test had completely ruined my plans to fly back to Japan as scheduled. All of a sudden,…

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Japan Diary: December 2021

In the start of December, it was time for me to get organised. Yes, I’d barely slowed down since October, but I still had one last push before…

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Japan Diary: November 2021

Usually, my November diary would start off with anniversary celebrations marking the day I moved to Japan for the first time, but things didn’t really play out like…

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Japan Diary: October 2021

In my last diary post, I predicted that October was going to be busier and I was certainly right. However, a lot of that ‘busy-ness’ was behind the…

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SHIZUOKA 静岡 Shizuoka Prefecture

At the end of July, I found myself in Shizuoka City. I was originally there for a purpose, but I’m not one to go somewhere and not visit…

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4 Years in Japan

As of the 5th of November 2021, I have officially been living in Japan for four years! I’m not going to pull some BS and say it doesn’t…

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Japan Diary: September 2021

While the first of September saw the kids go back to school, it wasn’t exactly the return we’d imagined.

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Japan Diary: August 2021

After a few days in Shizuoka Prefecture, I returned to Kanagawa with a vast stretch of summer holiday ahead of me.

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Okinawan Food (& Drink) Taste Test

Every year that I’ve been in Japan – as far as I can recall anyway – my local chain of supermarkets has brought out a load of Okinawan…

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28 Japanese Foods (& Drinks) by 28

I began thinking of what make me happy, and one answer stood out among the rest… food.

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Japan Diary: July 2021

I started this month with the mindset that I would treat myself more.

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Aichi Prefecture: Nagakute and Nagoya

My third and last morning in Aichi was a pretty lazy one, deliberately drawing out my time in the hotel until just before check-out. My itinerary wasn’t very…

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Aichi Prefecture: Nagoya & Inuyama

I may not be able to fault my house for the rent, location, and general size, but there are some drawbacks of living in a share-house… particularly that…

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A Weekend in my Life (in Japan)

While the vast majority of my uploads these days are my diary entries instead of travel posts, I recently realised that I could make things even more personal.…

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Japan Diary: June 2021

After a pretty uneventful May, I was determined to make June busier, even if just a little.

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Japan Diary: May 2021

May, as per usual, started with Golden Week. This would be my fourth, but like last year, I was pretty much stuck where I was. With State of…

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A British Themed Day in Yokohama

If the title of this blog didn’t give it away, I am British. While I wouldn’t say I’m patriotic per se, I do like the country of my…

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Japan Diary: April 2021

The start of April saw me back on the road again, taking the opportunity to have a spontaneous, yet cautious trip further south.

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Yamanashi Prefecture: Fuji Q Highland

When I woke up in the morning, I didn’t want to leave.

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Yamanashi Prefecture: Narusawa & Aokigahara

Waking up on my second day in Yamanashi Prefecture, I was a little reluctant to get up. Due to a combination of built up exhaustion and generally being…

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Yamanashi Prefecture: Kawaguchiko

Looking back, the start of December promised a pretty crappy month (excuse my French).  Separated from the people I care about the most at my favourite time of…

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5 Japanese Foods I Want to Try

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little hesitant when it comes to Japanese food. When I first moved here, I remember worrying about what my diet was…

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Japan Diary: March 2021

Well, another month has passed of mainly staying at home, going to work and restarting the same cycle the next morning. I can’t pretend that I haven’t been…

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山梨県 | Yamanashi Photo Collection

If we’re not counting the Japanuary series (which I’m not because it’s its own separate entity), it’s been a good five months since I posted a photo collection.…

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My 5 Best Meals in Japan

While I grew up being a picky eater and I still have my reservations occasionally, I have been called a ‘foodie’ on multiple occasions. It wasn’t until it…

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Japan Diary: February 2021

When I said I didn’t see much changing this month, I was swiftly proven right with an extension to the State of Emergency. After already spending a month…

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2021 Reading List (Japanese Literature & More…)

After my challenge to read 20 books of Japanese literature in 2020 – and absolutely smashing it – I took a short break over the winter holidays to…

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