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Romeo and Juliet in Nagoya

Romeo and Juliet in Nagoya


Shall I compare thee to a summer cicada? Yeah. Why the heck not. What other creature spends the majority of its life in the darkness tapping into the roots of plants for its sustenance and... more

Gifu Insect Museum

Gifu Insect Museum


Tourists are drawn to Gifu City like bees to honey. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Kinka, Gifu is the capital of Gifu Prefecture and a picturesque destination. Visitors buzz up Mt. Kinka ropeway then... more

Hachijo Island: way out there

Hachijo Island: way out there


How far can you get from Tokyo in 45 minutes? Maybe Saitama, maybe Chiba. If you could fly, you might get as far as Sendai or Niigata. What if, only a 45-minute flight from Haneda... more

Climbing Mount Fuji - A Very Long Walk

Climbing Mount Fuji - A Very Long Walk


All Japanese should climb Mt. Fuji; only fools climb it a second time (old Japanese proverb) A thought occurred to me in the early part of this summer that I had not spent much time out... more

Black Princess Mountain

Black Princess Mountain


The northern ranges of central Japan are now, thanks to the expansion of the expressway system, much more accessible to Nagoya residents, and the opportunity to explore these beautiful mountains is well worth the long... more

Kumano Old Road from the Wakayama side

Kumano Old Road from the Wakayama side


Twenty odd years ago I washed up on these rocky shores, after an extended period enjoying the back-packing lifestyle of South East Asia. Traveling around Japan, one thing immediately struck me as different from the... more

Hot springs in the Chubu region

Hot springs in the Chubu region


As the weather begins to cool down and the festival season ends it is time for the most relaxing of all Japanese past times – having a bath - to be taken up again in... more

Turning Ideas into Success

Turning Ideas into Success


If you’d of told me I was to become a photographer about 8 years ago, I’d wouldn’t of believed you. Originally practicing Holistic Therapy in England, I’d married a Japanese man and relocated with him to... more

Mie Prefecture - Viewpoints

Mie Prefecture - Viewpoints


Our travels continue on a different way back to Ise from Toba, one that follows the coast. This route with its sea views, evolved in the days of travel on foot, and must have been... more

Nagoya Beats: the sound of Nagoya

Nagoya Beats: the sound of Nagoya


It’s a Wednesday, and yet another chilly night on the streets of Nagoya. But despite the cold temperatures I’ve rugged myself up, wearing all my thermal underwear as well as a few extra layers, and... more

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