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Kobe, Japan

JAPAN | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [312]

11th December 2005 Andy and I met the Nicks and Junko and headed off to Kobe for a seafood buffet lunch at "Fish market". We stayed there about 3 hours as it was all-you-can-eat (and boy can the boys eat!). The restaurant is set in ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Fushimi-Inari shrine, Kyoto, Japan

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [290]

November 2005 I arranged for my ex-student Yuki to come with Andy, Brit Nick, Aussie Nick ,Junko and I to Fushimi-Inari shrine in Kyoto . I'd been with Mum in May, but we hadn't finished the walk as we'd been too tired. The shrine has bibbed ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Hirakata, Japan

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [962]

November 2005 Hirakata ! Located between the commercial metropolis of Osaka City and the ancient capital of Kyoto , Hirakata is a high-density suburban city bordering the Yodogawa River and the Ikoma mountain range. ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Heian-jingu shrine, Kyoto, Japan

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [370]

On 13th November 2005, British Nick, Junko, Andy and I went to Heian-jingu shrine to witness the shichi-go-san (7-5-3) festival. It was quite a warm day, the sun shining through the trees creating patterns on the shrine walls and garden, and ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [754]

17th October 2005 It was a Monday morning and I went to Omihachiman (where I used to work). It took about an hour from my house in Kyoto. I met my ex-student (older but wonderful woman and very un-Japanese-like!) at 11am and she drove us to Mount ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Insadong and Tapgol Park, South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [799]

The streets surrounding Insadong are a treasure trove of craft shops, souvenirs, clothing, arts, pottery, lacquerware, ceramics, fans, signs as well as art galleries and eating establishments. The restaurants will set you back a bit though, and are hidden ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, Japan

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [569] | Comments [1]

April 2005 My Mother came to stay with Andy and I in Japan for 2 weeks. We decided to take her to Hiroshima, as we hadn't been there yet and really wanted to go. The three of us set off on the Shinkansen (bullet train) for Hiroshima! We were so excited ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Fukuoka and Beppu, Kyushu, Japan

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [372]

February 11th 2005 On that friday, Andy and I went to Kyushu (the southern island of Japan) with our mates Nick (UK)and Nick (AUS). We had a blast taking the bullet train there and wandering around Fukuoka, which is one of the biggest cities in ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Hua Hin, Thailand

THAILAND | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [388]

Christmas and New Year 2004. I had an amazing holiday in Thailand. Andy and I went to the coastal resort of Hua Hin and stayed at the Hilton Hotel resort and spa. We were there for 6 and a half days, and I swear that Andy ate crab everyday! I had ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

City break - Tokyo

JAPAN | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [515] | Comments [1]

On November 20th 2004, Andy, a friend from England called Nick, and I went to Tokyo. We knew someone, Nathan, who had moved there from Kyoto, so he offered us a place to stay. The four of us went on a 3-day rampage (!) around Tokyo! We had a day off ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

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