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Trip: Japan

There are [43] stories from my trip: Japan

Akasaka Cooking School (or, how I became the new Iron Chef)

JAPAN | Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | Views [1435]

As the bureaucrats, politicians and dignitaries of Akasaka were darting in and out of exclusive restaurants for quick and very expensive power lunches, I was diving head first into my latest culinary challenge - the Japanese cooking class.... Read more >

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Intrepid Travel 'Flavours of Tokyo'

JAPAN | Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | Views [1383] | Comments [2]

As if an all expensed paid trip to Japan to work with an experienced travel writer on an award-winning travel guide wasn’t enough, my prize for winning the World Nomads travel writing scholarship also included a “Flavours of Tokyo” tour, courtesy ... Read more >

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Photos: Intrepid Tour : "Flavours of Tokyo"

JAPAN | Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

This awesome Intrepid 'foodies' tour in Tokyo was part of my prize. Cool!
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JAPAN | Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | Views [955]

For those who know me, my love of musical theatre is no secret (although I suspect that many of my friends wish it were – my sporadic solo renditions of the entire RENT score never seem to go down as well as I would have hoped).   I enjoy all ... Read more >

The Cove

JAPAN | Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [1144]

In the movie biz and on the streets, there’s a multi-award-winning, highly controversial documentary that everyone is talking about… outside of Japan that is.   In Japan the Oscar-winning film, The Cove , is largely unheard of in the public ... Read more >

Mito and the blossom-less blossom festival.

JAPAN | Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | Views [1078] | Comments [1]

Upon arriving in any town in Japan, you’d be well advised to pay a quick visit to the local tourist information centre – usually located within the main train station or nearby to any major site of tourist interest.   These centres are useful ... Read more >

Photos: Day trippin' in Mito and Nikko

JAPAN | Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Adventures in Gastronomy

JAPAN | Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | Views [2775]

When you think of Japanese cuisine, there are plenty of things that might spring to mind.   Sushi is likely to be one of them.   Perhaps miso soup would be another.   Tempura, sashimi, udon, ramen, yakitori, teriyaki, okonomiyaki, or even ... Read more >

Photos: Matsumoto

JAPAN | Saturday, 27 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Zenko-ji and Monkeys in Nagano

JAPAN | Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 | Views [1211]

Following my snowy stay in Togakushi, I took an early morning bus an hour back down the mountain to the city of Nagano, host of the 1998 Winter Olympic games and home to the gorgeous Zenko-ji – a 1,300 year old Buddhist temple said to hold the ... Read more >

Togakushi - lessons in the great white

JAPAN | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 | Views [697] | Comments [1]

When I found out that I was going to Togakushi, an alpine town 20kms from Nagano, I was excited at the prospect of seeing some of Japan’s snow country (I’m Australian. My experience with snow is limited – the novelty factor remains high).  I ... Read more >

Photos: Nagano & Snow Monkeys

JAPAN | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Snowy Togakushi

JAPAN | Saturday, 20 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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The wonderful world of Onsen.

JAPAN | Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | Views [1744]

Does the thought of being naked in front of dozens of people make you uneasy? How about having your body buried in hot sand or watching fish feed off your skin? Maybe you’d prefer to walk barefoot over hundreds of rocks or perhaps take a bath outside ... Read more >

The Kagaya Experience

JAPAN | Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | Views [1947] | Comments [4]

My first day on assignment in Tokyo presented me with the most bizarre dining experience of my life.  Actually, it's up there with most bizarre experiences of my life in general. After meeting Simon Richmond earlier today and checking ... Read more >

Photos: Tokyo - Ni

JAPAN | Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Tokyo - Ichi

JAPAN | Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery

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The age-old question.

SOUTH KOREA | Thursday, 11 Feb 2010 | Views [2380] | Comments [4]

While riding the subway in Seoul today, I was approached by a Korean ajosshi (middle-aged to elderly, assumedly married man) who asked me where I come from.  " 호주 사람입니다" (I am Australian), I told him. "Oh, very nice" the man ... Read more >

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Gaming, 4, Love

SOUTH KOREA | Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Views [2646] | Comments [6]

Returning to Korea nearly a year after leaving brought with it a real sense of coming home.  Walking around my old dong (the Korean equivalent to a small suburb or district) I've been enjoying all those things I've been so nostalgic for since ... Read more >

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SOUTH KOREA | Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | Views [1011] | Comments [2]

The Republic Of Korea (South Korea. Affectionately referred to as The ROK) has had a long and often tumultuous history ravaged by war, poverty, colonisation and various other forms of repressive rule. But Korea has also had one of the most (if not the ... Read more >

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