Monthly Archives: August 2016

Okayama 2016 Pt V: On The Fox Trail……At Saijo-Inari Shrine

This shrine didn’t feature in my Okayama guidebook and wasn’t high up the online lists of recommended places. However, I had read about Saijo-Inari Shrine in a book called ‘The Fox And The Jewel‘ by Karen A. Smyers which one lady very … Continue reading

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Okayama 2016 Pt IV: Korakuen Gardens And Okayama-Jo Castle

Three is the magic number in Japan when it comes to rating and numbering things. The Japanese like to categorise in three’s and one such example is the trio of most celebrated gardens. Okayama’s Korakuen Gardens are considered to be one … Continue reading

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Okayama 2016 Pt III: Kurashiki

It had already been a long, long day for me but time is money and all that, so with a couple of hours of daylight remaining I decided to squeeze in one more site before retiring to my capsule hotel for … Continue reading

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Okayama 2016 Pt II: Washuzan Highland Theme Park

Have you ever met anyone who went to an amusement park by themselves? Probably not as that is pretty sad, isn’t it! As you can probably guess though, that is exactly what I did on my first afternoon in Okayama! … Continue reading

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Okayama 2016 Pt I: Staying In A Capsule Hotel

Accommodation in Japan, particularly the big cities, often tends to be a bit more cosy when compared with other global places. All the amenities are usually there but it’s all very compact with very little room to manoeuvre around the … Continue reading

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Review: Films Inspired By Japan – Ronin (1998)

When I first sat down to watch this I felt slightly reassured by its well-known cast of Robert De Niro and the safe pair of hands that is Jean Reno. The former may be a legendary actor but that hasn’t stopped … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Chiba-jo Castle

  “There’s a castle in Chiba!” is often the reaction of the Tokyo-ite folk I teach when the subject of castles occasionally pops up into conversation. I then confirm that there is indeed one and that I have been there … Continue reading

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