Tokyo: a metropolis of over 13 million, and the capital of the country I call home. I've been to Tokyo quite a few times (eight separate trips, if I've counted correctly) and in the seven years since my first visit, my thoughts on the big smoke have shifted yearly. Each trip I find something new to love: absorbing the sights and sounds and always leaving with fresh inspiration. On the other hand, I feel progressively less excited by the things which used to mesmerise me about Tokyo. Am I getting old, or is Tokyo just a rollercoaster that I've ridden a few too many times?
June 21, 2016
Lately I feel like my blog has been dominated with photos from our mini-trips around Japan so I want to take a moment to pause. This year we're trying to tick as many spots off our "Japan wishlist" as possible. In-between these trips, however, life goes on (lovely as ever) in Fukuoka and I continue to take snapshots in my favourite city. Today, I'll share moments from the past two months in which it became hot and then rainy.
filed under: Fukuoka
June 12, 2016
June 2, 2016
June 1, 2016
Another day, another drive. After devouring a satisfying ryokan-style breakfast in Dōgo Onsen we said our goodbyes to Ehime Prefecture and were back on the highway in our trusty Mini Pajero. In contrast to the previous night's fancy ryokan accommodation, we were setting off for a campsite in Iya Valley (祖谷渓谷), Tokushima Prefecture.
May 31, 2016
I had always imagined Shikoku as a faraway place full of mystery, so it was with great anticipation and excitement that we drove our car off the ferry in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku (after a shockingly quick boat-ride) and began a four-day road trip in unchartered territory.
May 6, 2016
May 3, 2016
Without quite meaning to, we seemed to be following the itinerary of my first trip to Osaka. Day one exploring the city, day two: USJ. And boy, was it a great day.
April 29, 2016
It's the start of Golden Week in Japan - a bunch of public holidays that usually group together to make one big week off work for most people. Kam's work doesn't close over Golden Week and he is working this year, so instead we took a little pre-GW trip to Osaka. The main reason we booked the trip was to see Perth band Tame Impala play live. So on Tuesday morning we hopped over to Kansai, and were greeted with perfect sunny weather to bicycle around the city before the gig that night.
April 21, 2016
With things as they are in Kyushu this week as a result of the Kumamoto earthquakes, I have been trying to think about what to say - and how to post a set of bright and happy flower photographs when it honestly just makes me feel guilty that I am able to do so. How can we go about daily life in Fukuoka unscathed, routine unchanged, when so many lives have been lost and displaced so close to home? Not to mention the houses, castle, shrines and infrastructure damaged and destroyed. So before I show you photos of the gorgeous azalea valley we saw on Wednesday, I feel like I should address things briefly.
filed under: Saga