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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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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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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The best cafe in Nozawa-Onsen

If Studio Ghibli ever made a movie about a cute, loving couple who ran a cafe that served fantastic lattes, mochas, hot chocolates, baked curry, cakes, other home-made comfort food, and THE CUTEST cookies in the world…THIS cafe would be … Continue reading

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Shanghai, but not as you know it: ZhuJiaJiao water township

Forget the Bund, the shopping madness, the city lights…..get out of Shanghai and see something different.  ZhuJiaJiao is an ancient water township about an hour by rail out of Shanghai – and another 15 mins by taxi. We caught the train from … Continue reading

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What did I learn from Lhasa?

  ​It was hard to say bye to Lhasa. We'd been wandering the streets around the Jhokang Temple and Bharkor street for over 10 days. Our last afternoon was spent doing another kora, walking around the Jhokang Temple with the … Continue reading

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