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  • Blog,  Japan

    Okinawa: Times of War

    The island of Okinawa is an unbelievable draw to not only the citizens of Japan, but also to people from across the globe. There’s plenty of appeal to this tropical little island; the beautiful nature, the abundant sea-life and the…

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    Okinawa – Time with the Humpback Whales

    The devastating and extensive war history became an incredible appeal and undoubtedly a draw to the island of Okinawa. However the worst horrors of humanity wasn’t the only draw, so was the undeniable beauty and power of nature. Being a…

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    Okinawa: Todoroki Cave

    For many people, is the perfect holiday destination. Warm weather, beautiful beaches, gorgeous turquoise oceans. For the Japanese its a perfect escape from the hussle and bussle of a stressful working life and the ideal location for some well needed…

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    Hiroshima: The Horrors of Humanity

    If I said the sole reason for me visiting this internationally known city wasn’t because of the events of 75 years ago, then I’d be lying. The city unfortunately achieved worldwide recognition due to the catastrophic events which completely annihilated…

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    Nara: Walking Amongst the Deer

    Sometimes it only takes one reason to visit a particular stop along the road. Something special, something worth diverting off the path, an opportunity too good to miss. An experience you know full well will be one of the greatest…

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    Kyoto: Free Living as a Hostel Worker

    The ancient capital of Japan is home to numerous amount of national treasures, and without doubt its a city with its own unique take on Japanese culture and everyday life. These are the things I knew about the city before,…

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    Kyoto: The Highlights

    The ancient capital of Kyoto is the home to some of the finest examples of spellbinding attractions, being some of the most gorgeous and serene of any attraction in the country. Two of these stand above all else. Two attractions…

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    Kyoto: A Welshman’s Memoir of a Geisha

    One very notable aspect of Japanese culture has to be it’s Geishas. Although they can be found throughout Japan, the roots of Geisha culture began right here in the city of Kyoto. This is where it began and where it…

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    Christmas in a Temple (Part 2)

    We pick up the story a few days into my new temple temple life. The Vital Task We volunteers only had one task relating to the temple itself, and a vital one it was. Without exception, it had to be…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Christmas in a Temple (Part 1)

    Months before I had arrived in Japan, I began the process of planning where I wanted to go and what exactly I wanted to do. The destinations practically chose themselves. However, there was one aspect of travelling that I was…