Category: Japan

Tomonoura

Since the journey from Okayama to Hiroshima was relatively short (a mere 167 minutes), I decided to make a stop-off midway, in a place called Tomonoura. It was described in my...

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Naoshima

Long-term readers will know of my love for kabotcha, Japanese pumkpin, although the example above isn’t edible and is actually several metres high. It’s part of an ever-expanding art project on...

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Kurashiki

Still on Day 1 of The Travels, after visiting Kourakuen I jumped on a train to nearby Kurashiki, a small town home to a district of merchant houses and warehouses from...

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Korakuen

Korakuen, in Okayama, is one of the top three gardens in Japan. I have already visited the other two (Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, and Kairakuen in Mito), so wanted to make the...

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Travels

A brief summary of my travels… On Tuesday morning I left Nagoya for Okayama, where I stayed for three nights. Today I left Okayama and arrived in Hiroshima, where I will...

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Wado World Cup 2010

So, now that it’s all over, I shall endeavour to condense into one post the busiest week I’ve had since, well, possibly since I arrived in Japan. It started as normal,...

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*drumroll*

…I passed! Woohoo! It was a really really long day, starting with a seminar from 9am, then the grading from 2pm. There were quite a lot of people – maybe 100...

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Belts and trousers

Sitting outside the gym waiting to go and register for my shodan test. Was quite nervous last night and didn’t sleep that well, which in a way is good as now...

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My apartment

Since I’m leaving I wanted to get some footage of my apartment here and thought I’d do a little guided tour for you, in case you are thinking of coming to...

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Busy busy busy!

Last night Sensei asked me if I could help and translate at the World Cup training sessions tomorrow and Friday. Of course I said yes, even though it means that today...

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