Category: Japan

Visiting Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple in Kyoto

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So you’ve visited Arashiyama to the west of Kyoto and seen what it has got to offer. Lovely. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further… Take a 25 minute or so meandering walk from the main street in Arashiyama and you will come across one of the most…

Eating Japanese Sakura (Pink) Curry

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I see pink on a plate and I’m eating dessert. And so that’s what your brain thinks when any food is presenting itself in such a lurid and 80s cheap music video fashion. Even more so when it has the consistency and look of trifle topping. Taking a spoonful must mean a fruity berrylicious taste…

A Walk Between 5 Temples in Kyoto, Japan

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2020 and 2021 (most likely) will probably be the only time to see a lot of Kyoto’s temples and shrines without the throngs of tourists. We are trying to take this opportunity to visit ALL THE SHRINES! We won’t. There are over 1600 temples in Kyoto (17 of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites). Here…

Christmas Day Dinner in Kyoto, Japan

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Yes, I’m writing this in February. If you’re stuck in Kyoto around Christmas in the year 20?? (I’m guessing blogs won’t exist come 2100) then you can’t do wrong with waddling up to Hyatt Regency in Kyoto for some tasty and surprisingly affordable Christmas Day fodder to snuffle into to. As we were in Kyoto…

Sapporo’s No Good Misspelt Beer Ordeal

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It might reverse-surprise some of you that English is not particularly focused on as a main form of communication in Japan. Speaking as a mono-language western white idiot, I can’t criticize this too much. Alas, I can’t help my primal monkey-brain feeling all high and mighty when I see grammatical errors from Japanese companies who…

Nibble Size Review: KitKat Ume Plum (梅味)

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KitKat are pretty busy in Japan all year around. No other country releases such a wide variety of flavours than KitKat Japan. I, for one, applaud their efforts. Along with all the dentists and fitness coaches. To mark the season of Plum tree blossoms, they have release the limited Ume Plum flavoured KitKats just before…

Nibble Size Review – Karaage Fried Chicken (唐揚げ) Pringles

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If you wanted to pile on the calories and didn’t want to go ahead and eat real Japanese fried chicken you can (for a limited time naturally) buy some Karaage (fried chicken) Pringles. In Japan. Naturally. No fried chicken Pringles for the rest of the world, oh no. Once you pop, you are hit instantly…

Quick Sip Review – Calpis Soda Shifuku no Jikan

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Japan companies like to launch special once off products (mostly food and drink) so that we can rush to the local Life or Familymart salivating and throwing old people out of the way until we reach the aisle of our longing. And so Calpis have released this week Calpis Soda Shifuku no Jikan (which is…

Travelling Around Japan By Train Part 2

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Part 1 here. Osaka We trained up from Miyajima, back through Hiroshima, and on to Osaka. The trip took less than 2 and a half hours. And so began, our journey into more touristy areas. The throngs of people got bigger and shoulders rubbed more frequently. We stayed up at the Courtyard by Marriott (review…

Travelling Around Japan by Train Part 1

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Part II here. You’ve experienced some form of Japanese culture. Yes you. Food, ninjas, karaoke, origami, strange internet movies, to name but a few. Japan is unique. A good type of unique. Not present day Syria unique. So Japan shouldn’t be too hard to delve into as a tourist and it’s not. But it’s unique, and…