Keen to have a taste of traditional Japanese hospitality? If so, then here’s why you definitely need to stay at a Ryokan or Shukubo.… Read More Where to stay in Japan: a guide to Ryokan & Shukubo, traditional guesthouses
Ever wondered what makes the cherry blossom so special to the Japanese that it’s become the icon of a nation? What is it about sakura that makes Japan sakura-fy everything (jelly, tea, anime… you name it) and take to the parks to hanami every spring? I find out here.… Read More Japan, Sakura season: Why are cherry blossoms so special?
I recently discovered the best initiative EVER during my recent trip to Japan: Volunteer guides!! Also known as Goodwill Ambassadors, these are local guides who, out of a desire to meet people from around the world or practice their language skills, volunteer their time to bring travellers around. Equipped with a pass that grants Goodwill Ambassador free… Read More Japan: Local Experiences with Volunteer Guides
24 photos of Sakura goodness, taken in June 2013 while in Sendai, Matsushima Bay, Tashirojima and Hirosaki. Read more about my Sakura experience in Japan here.