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A Stroll through Kyoto’s Kitchen
Travel, Japan, Photo Essays

A Stroll through Kyoto’s Kitchen

Kyoto’s four hundred year old Nishiki Market is a virtual paradise for food and ethnic Japanese goods. Join me as I walk through Japan’s most iconic markets. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, Nishiki Market is a lively market in Kyoto that dates back to over four hundred years. It’s a great […]

Geisha Spotting on the Streets of Gion
Travel, Cities, Japan

Geisha Spotting on the Streets of Gion

Geishas have long held popular attention for being beautiful and enigmatic. I joined a walking tour in Kyoto to explore this facet of Japanese culture. Many cities come alive at night, with neon lights and frenzied party goers. Gion too comes alive at night, but in a more measured and […]

The White Heron Castle
Japan, Photo Essays

The White Heron Castle

Take a look at the fabulous Himeji Castle or the White Heron Castle, as we walk its grounds. Feudal Japan evokes images of majestic and imposing castles and sword wielding samurai warriors. Himeji is home to one the of the finest examples of traditional Japanese castle architecture, the quite imaginatively […]

The Magical Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama
Travel, Japan

The Magical Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama

I visit the famed Bamboo groves of Arashiyama, to experience the magic of the sacred grove I’m in Arashiyama near Kyoto, walking through the famed bamboo groves. The region is famous for its awe inspiring bamboo groves and has featured in many a selfie. I decided to experience this first […]

Japan’s “Kawaii” manhole covers
Travel, Art, Cities, Japan, Photo Essays

Japan’s “Kawaii” manhole covers

In this photo series, we take a look at some of the Kawaii (cute in Japanese) manhole covers I’m sure I got some pretty weird stares on the sidewalks of Japan. After all, I spent quite some time staring down at my camera focussed at my feet in the middle […]

Hunting for the Higonokami in Kyoto
Travel, Japan

Hunting for the Higonokami in Kyoto

This week, I recount the hunt for the iconic higonokami pocket knife on the streets of Kyoto. Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes. A little while ago I wrote about some cheap and unique souvenir suggestions for your trips. Well, I also have a rather unique souvenir collection – […]