Secret Street Art in Butterworth, Malaysia

Everyone knows Penang street art. The cool kids flock to Penang island, Malaysia, where hipster cafes, gentrified shopfronts selling artisanal breads and barista coffee abound. While Penang island itself is trotting out the reclamation of heritage buildings for an overseas … 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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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 it’s … 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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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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