Okinawa: Things to Do on this Island Getaway

As a late spring vacation, I decided to catch a plane and head on down to Okinawa - a group of islands in the south part of Japan. The islands of Okinawa are famous for its subtropical climate - and is often referred to as 'the poor man's Hawaii'. But don't let that perturb you, …

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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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A Downpour on Mount Mitake

One seemingly sunny July Thursday a friend and I decided to tackle another one of Tokyo's famous mountains - Mt Mitake. Arriving at Mitake Station in the early morning, we were greeted by a yodel-inducing scene which wouldn't look out of place in The Sound of Music. With a river of clear-blue water and Mt …

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Spring in Tokyo: Beautiful… but Weird

When you imagine spring-time, you imagine flowers blooming all over the place, a sense of happiness as you come out of winter hibernation, and (most importantly) a stable type of weather that gets consistently warmer. And while Tokyo has the first two down to pat, the weather is definitely anything but consistent. After an especially …

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Fun at Tokyo One Piece Tower

As a birthday treat, I decided to take a trip to the One Piece amusement park in Tokyo Tower - a new opened fun-land for children and One Piece enthusiasts. However, the park is a lot more than that - it captures the essence of one of the most famous manga and anime in Japan. …

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Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

I arrived in Japan in late June - just in time for the country's infamous rainy season where the ocean invades the land. So of course I had to wait a whole nine months before I would get to experience the most iconic event in Japan - the blooming of thousands of cherry blossoms (or sakura). So …

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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 Beginner’s Guide to Onsen-ing

Once in the dressing room, you should strip down naked. That's right, you have to be starkers in an onsen - no bathing suits allowed! Now this may intimidate you, but remember, everyone there is naked and no one is looking nor judging you. And on the plus side, there's nothing better than hanging free!

Winter in Tokyo: A Wonderland with a Touch of Snow

Continuing my tradition of posts about the four distinct seasons in Japan, I decided that it was high time to write about winter - a season that I surprisingly prefer to the hot and sticky Japanese summer. After experiencing the beauty that is autumn in Tokyo at the end of last year, I've got to …

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The Wonderful World of Ghibli

From the outside it looks like a quiet country cottage with vines creeping all over the house and giving a sense of humble dignity. Before entering the museum, you already feel a sense of anticipation and curiosity - like it's the start of an adventure. And when you finally step inside, you're not disappointed. This is …

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