Monthly Archives: May 2014

TF Top (Double Oh) 7……Hotels Featured In James Bond Movies

Hotels have played a major part in the James Bond series of films over the last 50+ years with the secret agent going around the world on his many missions whilst splurging on many a fine hotel. Now, everyone’s favourite … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt VII: Mount Aso

Our final day in Kyushu brought about some great fortune as we were able to see Mount Aso very clearly amid great conditions whereas the day before had been shrouded in mist. Mount Aso is the largest volcano in Japan … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt VI: Aso-san Area

I think its fair to say that the western attitude to bathing fully naked in public with strangers is different to that of Asian people who have grown up with such customs like onsen (hot springs) and sento (public bathhouses). … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt V: Amakusa

On leaving Kumamoto City behind we headed south to on to Amakusa to stay at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) for the night. This place is a series of islands off the west coast of Kyushu and the drive there … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt IV: Kumamoto Castle

Over the years in Japan I’ve racked up a number of castles on my visits and the one in Kumamoto is certainly up there as one of the most impressive. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt III: Gunkanjima (Battleship Island)

Ever since I saw some haikyo websites a fair few years ago giving details about this island I have wanted to go there and see it for myself. That dream finally came true in Nagasaki on the first day of this … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt II: Old Nagasaki Prison & South Nagasaki City Area

A few months ago I came across some very interesting pictures online of the old Nagasaki Prison which really caught my attention and made me want to visit the abandoned ruins on some kind of haikyo adventure. The prison in question is … Continue reading

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Kyushu Trip 2014 Pt I: Nagasaki (Urakami Area)

When thinking of Nagasaki first thoughts sadly but inevitably turn to the atomic bomb that was dropped on the place on August 9th, 1945. The ideal place to start our Kyushu adventure then was in Urukami; the hypocentre of the explosion which was a grave … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – Godzilla (1954)

With the latest incarnation of Godzilla getting nearer it seems a fitting time to go back 60 years and take a closer look at the original Japanese movie which launched the iconic monster onto our screens. Released nine years after … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Walking From Garden To Garden In Komagome

When I went to Rikugien last month that wasn’t the only place I went to in Komagome as another garden of note in the vicinity is Kyu-Furukawa. As it was a lovely Spring morning I decided to walk from garden to garden … Continue reading

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