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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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 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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Sushi Bar Yasuda Tokyo – 2015: Q&A with Naomichi Yasuda

Sushi – it's what everyone thinks of when they think "Japan".  Well, this sushi bar offers you something a little different. Naomichi Yasuda was head chef & part-owner of the legendary "sushi yasuda" in NY since 1999. He's since left North … Continue reading

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