Traveling Northern and Western Kyoto

Waking up early on Sunday morning, I wanted to get in as much sightseeing as possible on my only full day of Kyoto. Luckily for me, the day was perfect - with lovely sun shining strongly and washing away the rain. So, after eating a traditional Japanese breakfast of fish, rice and miso soup, I …

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A 3 Day Weekend in Kyoto [Video]

Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto (京都), is famous for its Buddhist and Zen Temples, Shinto Shrines and other cultural centres. After Japan moved its capital to Tokyo in 1868, Kyoto remained the country's 'intellectual center' with traditions and cultural practices being kept alive in the city. In recent years, Kyoto has become the most popular tourist …

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5 Annoying Things about Japan [Video]

Overall, Japan is a fantastic place to live and work, but as you pass through the honeymoon phase of culture shock, some small things begin to niggle away at you. Yes, that's right, this is the 'Frustration Phase' of Culture Shock. So as a response to this, I decided to make a video about some …

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Booth in Taiwan: A Weekend in Taipei [Video]

If you're looking to jet over to Taiwan for the weekend, then you might find yourself in a place with so much to do and so little time. So here are some recommendations for a weekend getaway in the capital of this wonderful country - Taipei. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-aok6pRGEI First and foremost, if you really want to …

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5 Incredible Reasons to Visit Japan [Video]

Want five reasons to come to Japan? Then check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tEmyT4WbS0&feature=youtu.be The Beauty Japan is one hell of a beautiful country. Full Stop. But don't take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! With the rolling mountains, the forests, parks, sweeping landscapes, beautiful oceans, and dazzling lakes, Japan should be on …

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5 Basic Japanese Customs and Etiquette

When traveling to any country in the world, you should most definitely brush up on any local customs and etiquette so that you don't look like an idiot or offend anyone. So I decided to make a list of some basic Japanese etiquette for anyone wanting to travel to, or work in, Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rq9uStNbU4   …

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Booth in Mongolia: Tsagaan Sar

Climbing the stairs to the family apartment of a friend's Mongolian colleague, I felt a tang of nervousness. The other foreigners I was with were chattering in whispers about how exactly to present the crisp 10 000 tugrik bill to the grandparents. I reckon that all of us were worried about screwing up the line …

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Booth in Mongolia: Japan vs Mongolia

Whenever I tell people that I recently spent a week in one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, I'm often faced with the question: "Why the bloody hell would you go to Mongolia?!" Well, the answer to that one is quite simple: I have friends living there. But why they chose Mongolia …

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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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