Dotonbori, Osaka

Osaka is known as the culinary capital of Japan with Dotonobori forming one of the best places to fuel your gastronomical Asian journey. The name Dotonbori comes from the merchant Doton Yasui who actually began construction of the river in 1612. The area is now known as one of the best symbolic places representative of […]

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A quick guide to Osaka

While the streets of Tokyo are usually at the top of any tourist’s Japan bucket list, Japan’s third largest metropolitan city – Osaka –  is just as, if not more entertaining. Neighboring Kyoto and Kobe; the cosmopolitan atmosphere, weather and especially the food, is what I loved the most when visiting here. While Tokyoites may seem […]

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Finding Bo-Kaap and My Heart

The thing about moving to a new town is that you never know how your life is going to change. Perhaps it will be a move for the better. Perhaps it will mean a difficult change, one in which you will learn tremendous lessons from the unforeseen challenges thrown by the universe. One minute you […]

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The Japan Rail Pass: Is it worth it?

After spending a week in Japan, I can easily say that it is one of my favorite Asian countries to explore! This month, as I continue to share more and more of my trip around Japan with you, I thought it only practical to share some tips that helped us along because let’s face it, Japan […]

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The Kimono Forest, Kyoto

Hidden away at the Randen Tram Station in Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s best kept secrets. While from the outskirts, it may seem like just brightly colored cylindrical pillars, it really is so much more than that. If you’re brave enough to trek just a little bit off the beaten path and away from the hustle […]

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10 MUST TRY FOODS IN JAPAN

10. TAKOYAKI A popular Japanese snack, takoyaki is usually made out of wheat flour batter, tempura scraps, green onions and the diced tako (octopus), brushed with takoyaki sauce and topped with dried bonito fish flakes. Served hot, these octopus balls are absolutely delicious! image 9. TAMOGOYAKI Grilled egg is delicious in any part of the […]

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A quick guide to Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima is mostly known as a small city in Japan where the first two atomic bombs were dropped. Truth be told, it’s so much more than that. Filled with a vibrant culture, endless history, festivals, bars and museums, it’s clear that this beautiful city has since recovered from its tragic past. Here is a quick guide […]

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How to see Hiroshima in one day

I have a soft spot for historical cities so it’s no surprise that when visiting the beautiful country of Japan, I insisted on spending some time in Hiroshima. After landing in Tokyo the night before, we did some quick planning only to realize that Hiroshima was at least, a five hour train ride away. Was […]

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Travel Book Review: Sadako and the thousand paper cranes

It’s easy to forget brutal histories and hurtful historical pasts in our quest as travel bloggers to share with our readers the beauty of the world. But that shouldn’t be the case. As a traveler, my aim is to not only show you how beautiful the world is but to also make you wiser. Learning […]

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Nagata-Ya, Japan

After a long day in Hiroshima we stopped for dinner at the famous Nagata-Ya Japanese restaurant. Nagata-Ya is a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurant located on Hondori Road next to the Memorial Peace Park. It’s the perfect place to sit down and try some traditional okonomiyaki in a city that is famous for it. Nagata-Ya is a […]

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