Vintage Shopping Around the World: Niigata, Japan – DESERT SNOW

Japan is my favourite place for vintage because the Japanese seem to value quality more than anywhere else I’ve travelled (so far). From food, to clothing, to customer service, they have a high standard that carries through to even second-hand … Continue reading

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Yamadera temple in Winter – Hoju-san Risshaku-ji

Spectacular views. Moments of contemplation. Immersed in nature. Yamadera’s location is a small village in the Yamagata prefecture. Nestled among the steep cliff faces are various shrines and temples which are beautiful to view from the village. These temples are … Continue reading

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Nozawa Onsen’s Dosojin Matsuri (Fire Festival) – how NOT to be a douche at the Fire Festival

Every 15th of January, the villagers of Nozawa Onsen gather for the highlight of the Dosojin Matsuri. Matsuri means festival, and Japan is filled with many matsuri throughout the year. The “Dosojin” are Shinto guardian deities, and come in various … Continue reading

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Vintage Shopping Around the World: JAPAN – Kyoto: “Three Star” Boutique

Second-hand clothes shopping is my kind of shopping. It’s a treasure-hunt and a bit of a gamble. I am bound to find something unique, something irreplaceable and it’s also environmentally friendly. Whenever I travel, I’m on the lookout for good … Continue reading

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Varanasi, India

I still don’t really know how to start.  India is one of my mum’s favourite places. She went there nearly 10 years ago, back-packing through the place. Staying in hostels, catching public transport. Without a smart-phone. She stayed for nearly 3 … Continue reading

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Kanzawa – Noh Theatre Museum Experience – Wearing the “Magojiro” Mask

Kanzawa – Noh Theatre Museum Experience – Wearing the “Magojiro” Mask

Kanazawa is one of my favourite cities. With aspects of old Kyoto, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan (the Kenro-Kuen Gardens), and a world-class Modern Art museum, it has everything I could ask for. We visited for a … Continue reading

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A visit to the Studio Ghibli Museum – Mitaka, Japan 2016

How should I start? Why do I love this museum so much, and why is it so different, so irreplaceable?  I’ll let Hayao Miyazaki tell you with his own words, from the Ghibli Museum’s official site.    This is the Kind of … Continue reading

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Travel tips: 20 travel tips to help you survive a long haul flight

If you live in Australia, you’re likely cursed with the resignation that most countries you travel to will be at least 10 hours flight away (if you live on the East Coast) and you shall suffer these hours in economy. Likewise if … Continue reading

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A traditional Ryokan in Nozawa-Onsen: Kiriya Ryokan

  If you ever head to Japan, you have to try staying at a ryokan.  My experience is based on our stay at Kiriya Ryokan. Nestled in the hot spring village of Nozawa-Onsen, it was suggested to us by a ski-mad friend, and … Continue reading

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