Magical Miyajima

Miyajima. The island that stole my heart. The most beautiful place that I’ve visited in Japan (so far). It’s actual name is Itsukushima and is found nestled in Hiroshima bay, but it’s lovingly known as the ‘Shrine Island’ or Miyajima to non-Nihongo speakers. According to legends, Miyajima has long been regarded as an island of…

ArashiYAYma

Usually when people think of Kyoto they see a bustling city filled with traditional machiya, beautiful temples and geisha roaming the streets. It is of course, but it’s also so much more. Completely surrounded by mountains, Kyoto has stunning countryside on its doorstep and a personal favourite place to explore is Arashiyama.  In the western…

How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? 

It’s the weekend, I need coffee, I need eggs. It’s Japan. Where do I go for for my coffee and eggs? Well, it just so happens that Kyoto is essentially the culinary capital of Japan and for a few years now coffee has become almost as big as tea… OK, I might be exaggerating slightly…

Pork and Peppers, Kyoto Style

So, this meal is my take on an exceptional dinner that was cooked for us by a Japanese friend. He is a ceramicist and makes the most beautiful ceramics I’ve ever seen. He also moonlights at the local (and frickin awesome) craft beer brewery, Kyoto Brewing Company. Once a month he invites people to his…

Navigating Nara

What I loved most about Nara was the connection to nature that you felt everywhere. Beautiful temples crafted from ornate, carved wood that were nestled amongst trees, lakes and pristine parkland. Not to mention the deer! It just felt so different to Kyoto, no better, no worse, just beautiful. Most people go to Nara for…

River Top Dining at Kibune

Like something from a fairytale, Kibune – in the north of Kyoto – has a magical feel. Maybe it’s the warming, yellow glow that seeps through the trees or the closeness to nature that you feel wandering past the pretty river. There’s definitely something in the air that for me at least, transported me to…

Japonica Painting Party

This is Sunday’s done right. Wake up late, cappuccino in bed, read the papers and slowly tear myself away from my super soft sheets that always seem that much softer and comfier on a Sunday morning. This Sunday I was slightly more excited about getting on my garb and heading out the door. Firstly, it…

Amazing Amanemu

The Japanese know where it’s at when it comes to relaxation. Onsen (Japanese hot spring) hotels are similar to our spas in the UK, but better. Think hot pools of healing water surrounded by zen gardens and the smell of incense and even then you’re not even close to imagining how amazing the real deal…

Girljin in Japan

So, here I am. Living in Japan. A ‘gaijin’ (that’s a foreigner to you and I native English speakers). Some people think it’s a rude term but actually it just means foreigner. Obviously it can be said in a slightly less polite way, as anything can really, but on the whole it’s neither derogatory or…