Takeda Castle – Castle Floating in The Sky

Takeda Castle ruins is also dubbed as ‘Machu Picchu of Japan’ for its terraced sloping architecture or the ‘castle floating in the sky’ because it is located at the top of the mountain whereby under a clear autumn sky, the castle will appear to be floating over a sea of clouds known as the ’unkai’. […]

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Tasting Sake at Nadagiku Sake Brewery, Himeji

When you think of sake brewers an image of a middle-aged Japanese man would probably cross your head, but have you ever heard of a female sake brewer? The toji (head brewer) of Nadagiku Sake Brewery (灘菊酒造) in Himeji, Misa Kawaishi, is one of the few female sake brewers in the country. They have also merged […]

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A Bride’s Glow

Glow Every bride will have her dream gown, her dream wedding. But while every bride may not be able to get her ideal gown or wedding, every bride will still radiate happiness, because, over any glittering tiaras and crystal beadings on the gown, what she looks forward to the most is her future with her […]

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Discovering Yokohama – Suburban Chill

Yokohama is less than half an hour away from Tokyo by train, but the city differs greatly from the chaotically fast-paced and almost cold city of Tokyo. The city has an suburban vibe, with less crowds and almost no sense of rush that one gets in cosmopolitan cities. The chilled vibe of the city is […]

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Discovering Okutama – Back to Nature

Who says there isn’t any nature to be found in Tokyo? Just 2-3 hours drive away from Tokyo, lies a rough diamond called Okutama (奥多摩). This is a place for nature lovers, for hikers, for adventure seekers. It isn’t easy to get here by car, one has to be skilled in navigating the rough terrains […]

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(Re)Discovering Kyoto – The New & The Old

Visiting Kyoto brought back fond memories for me. Back in my university days, I had stayed in Osaka for summer exchange, and during my six weeks there, there was a student trip organised to Kyoto where we met Kyoto University students and learned more about the beautiful city steeped in history and traditions. There were […]

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Discovering Kinosaki – Onsen eggs

After one day of soaking in onsets and feeling utter refreshed from our ryokan stay, we were able to use our restored energy to explore the rest of this pretty little town. I noticed a ropeway at the end of the town and we made our way there, taking in the beautiful and serene sights […]

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