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June 24, 2016

A Weekend in Tokyo in June. 東京の週末

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

Filtered Fukuoka: May and June Moments

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. 

June 12, 2016

Nicolai Bergmann x Dazaifu Tenmangu 'SHINKA'

'SHINKA' is a display of Danish floral artist Nicolai Bergmann's beautiful creations, worked seamlessly into the traditional shrine grounds of Dazaifu Tenmangu. I went this morning and the very rainy weather could not dampen my spirits. Please enjoy the shots I took with some difficulty from under my umbrella.

June 2, 2016

Shikoku Roadtrip Part 3: Naoshima LOVE FOREVER

How long have you wanted to visit Naoshima (A.K.A Japan's Art Island)? Forever? Yeah, me too.

June 1, 2016

Shikoku Roadtrip Part 2: Camping in Iya Valley

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

Shikoku Roadtrip Part 1: Ehime and Dōgo Onsen

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

Osaka Diaries 2016 - Part 3: Rain in Nakazakicho

On a very rainy Thursday we explored Nakazakicho before our flight home. The sweet obaachan at a cafe we ate at told us that the neighbourhood survived WWII air raids with little damage, which is why there are still so many beautiful old Japanese houses intact and in use today. Nowadays, many of those old houses have been converted into cafes, vintage shops, hair salons and zakka stores. It was definitely my favourite spot in Osaka this trip and I was so happy to visit someplace quiet and new. I found the morning's explorations full of inspiration (which I brought back with me to Fukuoka).

May 3, 2016

Osaka Diaries 2016 - Part 2: Universal Studios Japan

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

Osaka Diaries 2016 - Part 1: Records and Rooftops

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

Azalea Valley, Tsutsuji no Tani: Mifuneyama, Saga

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.