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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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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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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Dogs – the universal language of awww

Dogs – the universal language of awww

Along my travels through Shanghai, Beijing, Lhasa, Nepal etc. one of the greatest bonding factors I've experienced is the universal love of animals. Purge all your Asian-eating-dog jokes/ preconceptions here. Shake it off, and embrace the fact that humans share … Continue reading

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