The Light of my Life: Toji Temple, Kyoto

The Light of my Life: Toji Temple, Kyoto

When you visit Kyoto city, Japan’s old capital, you won’t be short of things to see, especially when it comes to temples. You have Higashi Honganji, Nanzenji, Kiyomizu-dera to name a few, and the list of shrines is just as long. One temple that’s worth a visit, especially in Spring or Autumn, is Toji Temple [...]

From Paper Folding to Horror: Clubs at My Japanese Primary Schools

From Paper Folding to Horror: Clubs at My Japanese Primary Schools

My Japanese primary schools have been holding club activities every other week, starting from October. The clubs run only in the Autumn months and are one of my favourite activities of the school year. They're like a mini-game versions of the clubs that the kids will be able to join when they graduate into high [...]

The Life of Brian

The Life of Brian

On the morning of Saturday 10th August I got the call from my mum telling me that my dad had passed away. After a month of grief, disbelief, travelling home for the funeral and back again straight into work- I have to say I feel a bit whip-lashed. There will come a time when I'll [...]

Eating Veggie in Yakushima

Eating Veggie in Yakushima

Despite Yakushima being the emerald island, lush green and dense in nature, I was severely worried about eating there as a vegetarian. My excitement to hike, onsen and wander around the subtropical island was displaced by the thought of my impending starvation. A small island with only 2 major towns and a population of around [...]

Glover Garden, Nagasaki

Glover Garden, Nagasaki

The last week of June found me exploring the city of Nagasaki once again. If you know a little about Japan, reading the “last week of June” should send alarm bells ringing. For those who don’t know, as I mentioned in my previous post Japan is currently swimming through its rainy season. This meant that [...]