Quite the Hoot? My Trip to Yufuin’s Owl Forest

Quite the Hoot? My Trip to Yufuin’s Owl Forest

White pythons dwelling in castles, monkey mountains and now… owls!? That trip to Beppu was certainly animal-orientated! On our way home from Beppu we stopped off in the small onsen town of Yufuin. This town is often preferred by travellers when compared to its...less...polished neighbour (but I prefer the raffishness of Beppu). For me, Yufuin [...]

Sengan-en: Where Japanese History, Nature and Sweet Potatoes Mash Together

Sengan-en: Where Japanese History, Nature and Sweet Potatoes Mash Together

A volcano, historical Japanese estate, sapphire blue ocean, UNESCO museum, a cute Starbucks…. Sengan-en has it all.  I visited this feudal estate, built in 1658 by Shimadzu Mitsuisha of the Shimadzu clan, before Ste went back to the UK. It was recommended by my awesome friend and Kagoshima connoisseur, Lydia. Her recommendations are consistently brilliant [...]

Every Studio Ghibli Fans’ Dream: A Totoro Forest!

Every Studio Ghibli Fans’ Dream: A Totoro Forest!

Why is Totoro so popular? Is it Ghibli’s magically simplistic yet detailed anime style? The elegant soundtrack drawn from "Western classical, Japanese classical, and electropop-minimalism"? Is it the mesmerising weaving of Japanese culture with humour, entertainment and reverence? Or is it our fat, fluffy Totoro himself with his big ol’ smile? Whatever the reason, Totoro [...]

Kifune Castle, Beppu

Kifune Castle, Beppu

The boisterous and bonkers Beppu called me back again and, like a sailor drawn by my siren`s watery call, I obliged. My first trip to the onsen city left me a little bit breathless, very much inspired and desperately searching for the right adjective; eventually arriving at `saturated` due to its applied polysemy. My second [...]

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon, Hong Kong

I did it, I finally got to visit Hong Kong! Granted it was a short one, only one weekend from 12th-14th October, but it was a weekend packed with culture and new experiences. One of my big location goals was the Kowloon region. Anyone who read about my visit to the soon-to-be-closing Anata no Warehouse arcade [...]