Category Archives: Japan

Tomogashima Island – Japan’s Hidden Treasure Island

Travellers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination in Japan might consider a boat trip to Tomogashima, which is the collective name for a group of four small islands called Okinoshima (the biggest island) Jinoshima,  Torajima and  Kamijima located off the small … Continue reading

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Dazaifu is a small town just 15km from Fukuoka and a popular half-day destination for visitors to this part of Kyushu. The town’s main highlight is its Tenman-gu Shrine, dedicated to a ninth century scholar, poet and court official named … Continue reading

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Huis Ten Bosch

It is the summer holiday season and the family wanted to go somewhere with a European flavour so I opted for this place, Huis Ten Bosch. You could be forgiven for thinking this is in the Netherlands but it is … Continue reading

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A Walk from Akihabara to Ueno Park, Tokyo

For over 50 years, Akihabara has been known as Electric Town. A black market in electrical goods sprang up here after World War II, starting out with radios, later moving on to TVs, fridges and washing machines and now it … Continue reading

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Zoji-ji and the Statues for Aborted Foetuses

During one of our Tokyo strolls we came across Zoji-ji, a Buddhist temple complex belonging to the Jodo Shu denomination, one of the most widely practiced branches of Buddhism in Japan. Jodo Shu was founded in 1175 by Honen Shonin, … Continue reading

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Hachiko Statue at Shibuya Station

On a stone plinth facing Tokyo’s Shibuya station sits a bronze statue of a dog. It commemorates a loyal dog called Hachiko who was born in 1923. Hachiko was an Akita, a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous … Continue reading

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Hamarikyu Gardens & Pokémon Center Tokyo

My sons grew up in the 1990’s when the Pokémon craze was at its height. Over the years they amassed a sizeable collection of Pokémon trading cards and Nintendo games and my daughter has since developed an interest in Pikachu … Continue reading

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