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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Journey in Japan Part 40: Tourism is a Dancer

Today I wake up to find that the hostel has been decorated with ‘Happy Halloween’ signs, spooky spiders, and multi-coloured pumpkins and bats. Thinking the staff might have got the date wrong, I ask, “You do realise that Halloween isn’t for another month?” The reply

The new JNTO Japan Official Travel App.

The Japan Official Travel App is a result of the country’s rapid tourism rise, especially as we approach 2020 for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has recently launched this new free and comprehensive app to try to meet the increasing

Japan in Autumn – The most common seasonal foods

So it’s September and that mean’s summer has all but disappeared, as 秋 (あき or Aki) ‘Autumn’ or ‘Fall’ gradually creeps in and makes itself known. As temperatures start to taper off, we look forward to more milder days, cooler nights and the beauty of

Journey in Japan Part 39: Last Day of Summer

Today is the Autumn Equinox; officially the day that summer ends and autumn begins. The weather seems to have forgotten about the shift in seasons, and has kindly gifted us with a clear sunny day and 27°C temperatures; the perfect day for say, a boat trip. The

Self-Introductions in Japanese

Self-Introductions or 自己紹介 (じこしょうかい or Jikoshoukai), when speaking Japanese is a good place to start when just beginning your study. Usually, using this simple structure will help you to memorise not only basic phrases, but questions relating to those topics too. Especially relating to hometowns,

Journey in Japan Part 38: Parasite at the Museum

Today is a public holiday all about respecting the elderly and celebrating long life. There are fifteen different public holidays a year in Japan, and with the recent introduction of the ‘Happy Monday System’, many of the holidays have had their date changed to Monday;

Sasebo – Romancing the Port Town

Fishing Ships and more! Sasebo (佐世保) is the second largest port city in the Nagasaki area, and also home to some romantic scenery via the colours of the sunset and harbour views. It is also home to a shared naval base to both the American

Gunkanjima – The lost Island of Mining

The Isle of Concrete Ruin Gunkanjima (軍艦島 aka Hashima island), also know as ‘Battleship Island’ for its resemblance of a naval war ship, is a historically significant island from Japan’s industrialization period. Located about 15km just off the Nagasaki Peninsula, in the western island of

Nagasaki – The Historical Cosmopolitan Metropolis

The city of Old Nagasaki is a city with a lot of historical significance, from its European influence and its war-torn memories, it has many stories to tell. From the 16th to 19th centuries it served as a port city to the outside world, and