In a break from my usual terse posts I thought I’d tackle a big subject here in Japan: cherry blossom season. The Japanese are very serious about their cherry blossom. Blossom forecasts appear regularly on TV throughout the day (along with helpful tips about not … Continue reading The Big Big Japanese Cherry Blossom Post
Ever wanted to be silently judged by thousands of small white waving cats? Then Gotokuji Temple is the place for you! From what the internet tells me it’s maybe the home of maneki neko the cat, or maybe not. The temple itself told me lots … Continue reading Neko Neko Neko
This temple in Kyoto is almost surreally beautiful. A perfect golden building next to a perfectly pruned lake with ideally situated trees and rocks. I can imagine someone had a dream one day and made the landscape look just like it. It probably looks good in … Continue reading Kinkaku-ji
If you take one of the trains out of Kyoto you will find a little station that runs a steam train through the mountains to Arashiyama. From there you can walk through this bamboo grove. The good thing about the grove is that selfie sticks … Continue reading Arashiyama
These trains are amazing (in my best ‘I’ve made a blog post about a train’ voice). They slide into the station (Tokyo Station, in this instance) and an army of cleaners board, frantically clean, and then switch all the seats round. Some other people with … Continue reading Shinkansen
I have no explanation for the apparent magical event happening here. I do know it was in Yoyogi Park during a heavy burst of rain, but I can’t remember why this guy was rushing about with an umbrella attached to his head, or how it was attached. I’d … Continue reading Mr Umbrella Head
Driving from Tokyo to Hakone you pass through the small town of Odawaru, which has a nice big castle. Sadly it was partially surrounded by scaffolding so instead this is a photo of one of the nearby buildings. I was also a little too early for … Continue reading Not Odawaru Castle
In a corner of the Imperial Palace is this perfect building next to the moat. They wouldn’t let me across the bridge to get closer so I’ll have to go back another day when the Emperor isn’t at home.
What better way to start a trip to Japan than with a big bowl of freshly made udon noodles and some tempura, served from a little shop with four stools and a friendly old man. I’m not one for hyperbole so all I can say … Continue reading Almost All Noodles
Hiyashi Kazimi. Cold noodles with a cold pouring sauce – lovely for a hot summer day. This was at Koya in Soho, a small Japanese udon noodle restaurant that is so popular you’ll probably end up queuing. Very nice it was too.