Christmas Time in Tokyo

Sparkling lights and cool winter nights… Christmas in Japan is all about romance. It’s a day for going on a special date with your significant other. So, it’s no wonder winter illuminations are hugely popular. You can drink champagne beneath the lit-up trees and cuddle together for warmth. It’s the perfect date spot!  My top…

Fukiware Falls

Momiji Hunting in Gunma

November in Japan is such a great time to be outdoors. Crisp mornings and clear skies, golden afternoon light and intense sunsets, and the best part… explosions of autumn colour around every corner! A few friends and I hit the road mid-November to go momiji hunting through central Gunma. Despite being so close to Tokyo,…

Relaxing Lakeside

Nothing says ‘relaxing’ to me more than being around water. When I’m hiking in the mountains, I love following streams and coming across waterfalls. When I’m at the beach, I love sunbaking on the sand and hearing the waves crash. When I’m in the sea, I love snorkeling among the fish and coral. And when I’m…

Kitayamazaki

Summer Trip to the Sanriku Coast

Ever since leaving Fukushima prefecture after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, I’ve wanted to go back and explore more of Tohoku and in some way support the local people. I’d never been to the Sanriku Coast before the earthquake, so I’d never seen the villages that once lined the shores. It wasn’t until I was there this August, driving through…

WPC – Chaos

When you think of the Japanese way of life, words that typically come to mind are orderly, calm or disciplined. Then there are matsuri, or Japanese festivals… My first taste of a ‘chaotic’ festival was the Sanja Matsuri, famous for the yakuza who walk around freely showing off their tattoos. Men and women heave portable shrines through…

Island Hopping in Japan’s South (Part 1)

To be completely honest, for the longest time I really didn’t have much interest in going to Japan’s southernmost prefecture. From what I’d seen in pictures, Okinawa looked pretty similar to Australia’s east coast – white, sandy beaches and clear, blue water – and I thought what would be the point of travelling to the other side…

Tokyo Plaza

WPC – Mirror

Omotesando and Harajuku is an area that’s known to push the boundaries. In terms of fashion, basically anything and everything goes. People want to be noticed. Girls get scouted by modelling agencies. What’s seen on the streets here often turns into the next trend. Not only fashion, but the sleekest pieces of modern architecture are found…

Tama River

Summer Fun on the Tama River

The water was fast flowing and icy cold, the round stones on the river bed clearly visible. Tiny fish swam freely below the surface while ducks paddled by above them. On either side of the river, lush greenery overflowed the banks and the dense forest created the illusion that the rest of the world was very far…