Cleaning up Kumamoto

Cleaning up Kumamoto

Two strong earthquakes struck the Kumamoto area in Japan on April 14th and April 16th, magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. There were 49 deaths, which may not seem a huge number in natural disaster news — in fact, I believe most of people have probably already forgotten about it or...

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Lost in translation: Why Japan does whisky bars better

Lost in translation: Why Japan does whisky bars better

The lift doors open and I step into a Bill Murray movie. The elevator’s halogen glare becomes the soft ripple of candlelight. A barman in a black vest and bowtie is mixing cocktails with the precision and concentration of a brain surgeon. There’s the murmur of conversation. A freaking grand...

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6 comfort foods that’ll improve your winter travels

6 comfort foods that’ll improve your winter travels

Winter travel is not for the faint of heart. Unless you’re heading to a beach, your luggage gets heavier and your skin a little tougher — but hey, all for the adventure right? It’s worth beating the crowds, saving some money, and seeing a different perspective of a city under a...

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Photo of the week: Mount Fuji, above and beyond

Photo of the week: Mount Fuji, above and beyond

100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo lies Mount Fuji – Japan’s highest mountain. An hour drive from Japan’s capital, this World Heritage Site was designated ‘cultural’ rather than ‘natural’ due to its appearance in inspired books, poems, art, and music about Japan. Climbing is a popular activity, but if trekking up...

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A Local’s Guide to Arashiyama – Kyoto

A Local’s Guide to Arashiyama – Kyoto

I have been living in Kyoto for six months now and, as anyone who has lived in a tourist destination for long can tell you, famous sightseeing areas quickly become less and less interesting. Sure, the temple of the Golden Pavilion is breathtakingly beautiful. But after you’ve strolled around the...

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