Treasure Hunting in Nagano

I was lucky that Japan had a long weekend from January 8th to 10th, so I headed there for the getaway. Why did I choose Nagano? One of my reasons were I wanted to go somewhere that was within the 3 hour radius of where I lived via bullet train.  Because it was snow season, heaps of people I knew where posting up photos on facebook of the snow monkeys they saw at the Monkey Park and I wanted to see for my own eyes.  Nagano has many national treasures and was the place that hosted the 1998 Olympics.  If […]

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Choco on Valentines and White Day

Being a person who has a major sweet tooth and goes out of her way to explore new desserts, I feel very lucky to be living in an age and in a country where desserts takes numerous shapes and forms.  Chocolate is a very delicious delicacy that I love very much.  Every year, in February 14th, people would give their friends, loved or close ones a gift, which could be a card, candy or flowers, to express their gratitude or love to them.  The receiving end of that gift is known as the sender’s valentine. Chocolate is a popular gift […]

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Trekking around Takasaki

Having only 3 days into the new year, I started my adventure for 2016 and I chose Takasaki City (高崎市) in Gunma (群馬県).  I actually had no idea about what Takasaki had to offer until I decided to go the evening before.  I knew it existed because when catching the train often enough, you start to notice the terminal stations on certain lines you get on in between.  A quick search online and I found that Takasaki is like a gem that does not get enough attention.  During my research, I came across a website, visitgunma.jp.  The website had a […]

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Tripping into Edo world

Over a weekend on October 3rd and 4th of 2015 to be exact, I headed off to explore Nikko with my two friends, A and N.   For us, it wasn’t a long weekend or anything. It was intended to be a relaxing weekend at the onsen, but it turned out to be much more.  The trip became an adventurous trip into the past of Japan. Traveling to Nikko was very simple and easy.  A and I took a train from the town I lived in to Nikko.  We started around 8:30am in the morning and getting there about 10:30am […]

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Christmas Japan Style

Christmas time is a funny time of the year.  Yes, I say funny.  My own family does not celebrate it. Not in recently year at the very last.  Growing up in an Asian family with hardworking parents, you end up working along with this.  The so-called celebration for me was generally at the family restaurant and meals eaten not at a table but a fridge top.  On a handful of years, my family had gone to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant down the Gold Coast.  But, this year, I celebrated Christmas and New Years in Japan.  It isn’t the […]

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Off to Kamakura

During December 2015, my parents visited me in Japan.  I was lucky to be able to take a few days away from work and use that time to take my parents around some parts of Japan. One of the places we went to was Kamakura.  I had meaning to go for some time since arriving in Japan, but never really found the time.  I visited a couple (literally) of the major shrines there and walked the local streets.  It is no doubt a “touristy” place; nevertheless, a delightful place to adventure around.  I managed to also see a little bit […]

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Hiking Mount Takao

I visited Mt Takao in October 2015.  It was a day trip with my friend A and we managed to make our way to the mounts of 599 meters. Mount Takao turned out to be surprising close by to Tokyo.  Not only that, it was found to be a very well organised area with the option of a cable car or rope car to take you up the mountain.  I call this entry Hiking Mount Takao, but that wasn’t exactly what we did.  We took the rope car up and then walked the rest of the way to the top.  […]

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Silver Week

This year, 2015, I was lucky enough to experience a rare holiday called Silver Week.  It occurred on September 19 to 23rd. Facts about Silver Week:  Silver Week actually does not happen every year. It also isn’t like a leap year that happens every 4 years.  Silver week is actually a “new type” of holiday in Japan there it only applies to a strong of consecutive holidays in September.  It somewhat started in 2009 where during September that year, a weekend was followed by three Japanese public holidays.  In 2015 we had the same thing where following weekend of September […]

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Minami Koshigaya: Taste of Culture

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first Japanese festival.  It was an absolute epic experience.  It was the 31st Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori (Dance) Festival.  The festival was held just outside of Minami Koshigaya station. I went to the festival with one of my friends, N. She is also a new participate on the JET program who flew over with me from Australia.  I must say, Japan really does know how to put on a good show.  It was one of the most colourful and culturally exotic experiences I have had in my life so far. Both […]

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