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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…

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…

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…

Bite Size Review: Sanpoutei Ramen

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A number of years ago if you mentioned ramen to me I would initially muster up visions of lid peeling and add-boiling-water-to-sachet-contents endeavours. Followed, naturally, by the depressing and soul sapping wait for all the processed ramen things and dried up sachet contents to congeal together to form a cheap and instant artificial flavour buzz…

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…