Mt Fuji

WPC – Cherry On Top

It’s been a while since I joined in on the Weekly Photo Challenge, but I’ve been enjoying everyone else’s photos over the months. When I saw this week’s topic Cherry On Top, I thought of one thing: Mount Fuji. Besides the fact that it’s the symbol of Japan and a World Heritage Site, there’s something just so powerful…

Tsuruga Castle

Off the Beaten Path in Fukushima

Living in Tokyo, the public transportation system is so extensive and reliable that there really is no need to own a car. So these days when I travel around the country, I actually try my best to plan trips to places where you need a car! That’s how much I miss driving. Besides, who doesn’t love…

Bondi Cafe

A Taste of Oz in Tokyo

Living the expat life is fun and exciting. But living so far away from home is not without its challenges. I think it’s only natural to occasionally miss things you grew up knowing. Since moving to Japan in 2011, I’ve been home 4 times. Each time was like a trip down memory lane, and I was…

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku’s French Garden

After years of walking past bare, brown hedges not even worth a second glance, I finally managed to visit Shinjuku Gyoen when the roses were actually in bloom. Hooray! The French Formal Garden is one of the three main areas within Shinjuku Gyoen – the others being a wide open English lawn, and a Japanese garden and pond. This section of…

Jiyugaoka

It’s Always Sunny in Jiyugaoka

A dash of luxury on a Sunday afternoon? Why not! Jiyugaoka is known for its chill but cool vibe – every day of the week – and is often referred to as one of Tokyo’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live. As I explored the streets around the train station, I couldn’t help but kick myself for not visiting this area sooner. It had taken…

Hana no Miyako Park

Fuji x Flowers

Is there such a thing as too much love for Mt Fuji? Never, I say! Just look at her, standing out there all on her own, covered in pure white snow. She’s bold, beautiful and the pride of the country. And she’s notoriously shy, so catching a glimpse of her peeking out from behind the…

Sagamihara

Koinobori for the Kids

Happy Children’s Day! May 5th in Japan is a national holiday dedicated to celebrating the happiness of kids. I love the carp streamers that are displayed for the week leading up to Children’s Day. They are bright and colourful, and peaceful yet powerful. The carp, known as koi in Japanese, symbolise strength as the fish are…

Sakura

Pretty Tokyo: Sakura 2016

The last of the late-blooming cherry blossoms have bid their farewell for the year, the sakura fever has died down and the city has gone back to normal. I can’t believe it’s already the end of April. It’s already been a month since I was roaming the Kansai region in search of sakura awesomeness. As soon…

Himeji

Sakura Hunting in Kansai (Part 3)

As the train entered the outskirts of the city, I slowly opened my eyes after having dozed off. Half asleep, I looked out the window; a sea of city lights met the dark night sky. In the distance an unmistakable sight immediately got my attention and any tiredness I had felt from the previous couple of days quickly vanished.…

Nara Park

Sakura Hunting in Kansai (Part 2)

No trip to the Kansai region is complete without seeing Nara. So, after 24 hours sakura hunting in Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto, I hopped on the train and moved an hour south to another of the former capital cities. From 710 to 784, Nara was the centre of Japan. Remarkably, some of the world’s oldest surviving buildings are found in…