Boat Tour of Yokohama Bay

Squelch-squelch, squelch-squelch. I could feel water creeping across my socks, slowly drowning my toes. “Urgh, my feet are all wet,” Ian moaned. I looked down to see tiny rivers flowing from the seams of his worn-out bluchers, just in time for me to sidestep another, giant puddle. The forecast for the Saturday of our trip to Tokyo had been intermittent…

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A Quick Guide to Tokyo’s Book Town

The ever-so distinctive smell of old books is a Floo powder that transports me to my childhood: the water heater in primary school that I spent most winter mornings propped up against, chasing like a second Timmy after Julian, Dick, Anne and George through hidden coves and mysterious lighthouses; my grandmother’s couch, where I lost entire Saturdays exploring the Enchanted Wood…

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Searching for Sakura

After leaving the snow in Nagano behind, and spotting hundreds of tree lilacs on the drive from Nikko to Ibaraki, John and I were starting to feel spring fever. Which is why, on the last day of our holiday, we decided to head to Saitama for the annual cherry blossom festival in Gongendo Park (権現度公園). We had checked the park’s website…

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Kegon Falls

If you’re prone to motion sickness, the road up to Kegon Falls is a challenge. Ascending 400m in just a few kilometres, it snakes around 20 hairpin bends (yes, 20!) before reaching the top of the Nikko mountains. But it’s worth it. On the third day of our trip up north, after arriving just the night before, John and I decided to…

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The Lumineers: Live in Tokyo

The first time I heard the song ‘Ho Hey’ I imagined listening to it live in a room full of people singing along. On 8 August, imagination turned to reality as John and I stood amongst a few hundred other people, locals and foreigners, waiting for The Lumineers to walk on stage at Shibuya’s AX in Tokyo.

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