My Travels

by / on June 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM / in Hokkaido

Exploring lake Tōya in Hokkaido!

Off to lake Tōya in Hokkaido: A few days ago, I went on a small holiday with my wife to Hokkaido. In Kyoto the rainy season had started and the weather was hot and humid. From Kansai International Airport it’s just a 2 hour flight to the New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港). We had rented a car and set out to […]

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by / on March 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM / in Osaka, Out Of The Box, Sumo

Morning Training of Kasugano Sumo Stable!

Sumo morning practice at Hoshida Kaikan in Osaka: This coming Sunday, March 8th, the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament will be held in Osaka. All regional sumo stables arrive in Osaka a few weeks prior to the start of the tournament. A friend invited me to come and enjoy the morning practice sessions of the Kasugano Stable (春日野部屋). These practice sessions […]

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by / on March 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM / in My Travels, Shiga-ken

Travelling Adventures in Shigaraki, Shiga-ken!

White day in Japan: Today is “White Day” here in Japan and for those who do not know what this meaneth, well, it’s the opposite of Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day “Girls-Ladies and wife’s” give to us “men” chocolate. Cool right? Well, on White day we need to return that favor.For the occasion, I went with my wife to a […]

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by / on January 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM / in Mie-ken, My Travels

Nagashima Spa Land: An Unforgettable Experience!

Just before New-Year we went to Nagashima Spa Land (ナガシマスパーランド) Mie-ken, Japan. Its about a 1 ½ hour drive from Kyoto on the highway and the weather, although a little chilly, was sunny and dry. It is a fairly big amusement park along the pacific ocean in the Ise bay. I have been there before in the summer and enjoyed […]

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by / on September 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM / in My Travels, Shiga-ken

Iwama-dera: High-up on Iwamazan in Ōtsu-shi!

Last week Friday (13th) we, my friend Barry and I, went for a hike in the Kasatori area of Kyoto. It was a fine day and although we had an early start it started to get hot very quickly. After a steep climb we arrived at our first destination, the tranquil mountain shrine of Seiryu Gu (清瀧宮), in the small […]

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by / on August 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM / in Lake Biwa, My Travels

The “White Beard” shrine; Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) by Lake Biwa!

Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) is a Shinto shrine in Takashima in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko Ōkami (猿田毘古大神). It is the head shrine of the Shirahige Shrines around the country. It seems the Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) has a long history, it was founded in 1603 and Toyotomi Hideyoshi had something to do with it. Its most famous landmark […]

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by / on January 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM / in My Travels, Okinawa

The Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa!

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館) is located within the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. “Churaumi” was selected as the name of the aquarium by public vote amongst Japanese people. “Chura” means “beautiful” or “graceful” in the Okinawan Japanese dialect, and “umi” means “ocean” in Japanese. The aquarium is made up of four floors, with tanks […]

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