A Zen Garden, a giant Buddha and a temple coated in gold. What more could you want? You could dedicate a lifetime just to visiting Japan’s tens of thousands of temples. Spending just half an hour on a 24/7 schedule at each temple in Kyoto alone would leave you six weeks later with still many…Keep reading
For much of my childhood, the spring half-term break meant only one thing; time to voyage into central London for our annual visit to the Science Museum, in South Kensington. We went with great anticipation to see the space satellites hanging from the ceiling, the aircraft engines and the Apollo 10 capsule. And yet, this…Keep reading
I spent most of my time in Tokyo in its most vibrant ‘ward’ out of the 23 that make up the capital, and that’s not just because I slept a few nights in one of their many capsule hotels. Shinjuku has a bit of everything, and really needs a couple of days for a full…Keep reading
OK, say it with me: Oko-nomi-yaki. There you are. What is it? Well, the name derives from the words okonomi (“what you like”) and yaki (“grill”). So yes, this literally translates to “whatever you like, fried”! But don’t discard this dish as a tourist honeypot. Okonomiyaki has its origins in the 16th century, and experienced…Keep reading
Only once, I promise! And that’s because the TV was unexpectedly in the way. Having said that, you haven’t had the full Japanese Capsule Hotel experience if you haven’t forgotten you’re sleeping in a 1x1x2 metre box and whacked your head on the ceiling of your little home from home (at least once). I’m sure…Keep reading
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