Survival of the English-iest: Japan vs South Africa

Ever wonder what it's like traveling to Japan or South Africa using only English? Well wonder no more! Check out this week's installment of South Africa VS Japan to find out the answer! Part I: Surviving in Japan One question I often get asked as an English-speaker in Japan is "Can you survive in Japan …

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A Field Trip to Little Edo, Kawagoe

Kawagoe, otherwise known as Little Edo, is a small city in the Saitama Prefecture. It not only boasts Kitain (a famous temple and shrine), but it's also famous for its unagi (eel), Candy Street, October festival, and preserved buildings from the Edo Period. After hearing about this quaint historical area, I grabbed my camera and headed out. …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: KitKats

Kit Kats are popular all over the world, including South Africa, however, only in Japan can you find almost every single flavour of Kit Kat. From regular, to dark, to strawberry, to cheesecake, to matcha, you can seriously get any flavour you like. Of course, just like the Baby Star Ramen, you may have to …

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The Midnight Snack Booth: Baby Star Ramen

Check out the first episode of my latest segment, The Midnight Snack Booth where I try out different snacks from around Japan. In today's episode I try the delicious snack, Baby Star Ramen. These dried ramen noodles come in a variety of flavours around Japan and make the perfect on-the-go snack (even though they're really …

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A Field Trip to Sensō-ji, Asakusa

To test out my new camera, I decided to go on a field trip to one of Tokyo's most famous cultural areas - Asakusa (浅草). This area is particularly large and it definitely requires more than one day to completely traverse. So I decided to visit one of the oldest temples in Tokyo: Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺). …

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Summer in Tokyo: Festivals and Humidity

I arrived in Japan during the summer rainy season (tsuyu梅雨) - a very wet and very humid month. And if you didn't arrive at your destination dripping with rain - you would definitely reach your destination drenched in sweat.

Springbok VS Blossoms: Being an Expat after an Historic ‘Rugby Football Game’

Today started like any other - I got up and went off to work, not thinking that something significant happened while I was asleep. Now for those of you that know me, you will of course know that I have no real interest in sport. Sure, I'll watch the occasional match of some sport or …

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The Ride of Your Life: Asukayama Park Monorail (飛鳥山公園モノレール)

Walking out of the tiny Oji Station, to the northernmost edge of Asukayama Park, I was just in time to see the tiny monorail (nicknamed 'Ascargot') slowly making it's way down from the top of the park's hill. Feeling excited by the free ride, I lined up in the short queue and climbed into the …

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