Japan Trip – Week Seven – Kyoto


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The first week after the camp was something a little different, and also very tiring, and although I enjoyed visiting some interesting places, such as Goryokaku, Zentsuji, Miyajima, Hiroshima, and Matsuyama-jo, the reality was that I found the constant hopping from place to place quite exhausting. If anything, I never truly felt that I had given myself enough time to explore the cities I visited, and had barely even scratched the surface, instead focussing on individual buildings, of sights to visit, rather than the cities themselves. Read more of this post

Japan Trip – Week six – The Journey South – Part Two


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Although the garden was fascinating, my trains to Matsuyama beckoned – and while Shikoku, like most of Hokkaido, doesn’t have a Shinkansen line, it does have some very comfortable express trains that run along the north coast of the island. Read more of this post

Japan Trip – Week six – The Journey South – Part One


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The week started in quiet fashion; the six children who had taken part in the full three-week camp had left the day before, but as I have already mentioned, their departure was rather quiet, and sedate compared to previous weeks. Read more of this post

Anime Fans: Obsessed with the present


A while back I was having a conversation with OtakuDan on twitter about the amazing longevity of To Heart, and how there are still companies releasing new merchandise; figures, posters etc.

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Some final thoughts on Japan, its culture and society


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My Final Week in Hokkaido: Kushiro and Beyond


The Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko-go


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My final week in Hokkaido Part Two – Exploring Nemuro


The view out of the back of the train


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