Karuizawa – Top Places to check out in the luxurious Resort Town near Tokyo

Karuizawa is a beautiful alpine resort in eastern Nagano just one hour away from central Tokyo. A suburban town tucked away in the mountains, its relatively cooler climate makes it an ideal retreat from Japan’s sweltering summer heat. I abhor summer, especially summer in Japan, where its daily average temperature of 40 degrees is even […]

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Why I Always Buy Sunscreens in Japan

If there is one thing I never leave Japan without, it is sunscreens. As a religious sunscreen user, I make it a point to amass several bottles of sunscreens whenever I visit Japan. What’s so good about Japanese sunscreens? And why do I buy them in Japan instead of in Singapore? Lightweight and Scentless I […]

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Eating Free-Flow Karashi Mentaiko

Hakata Motsunabe Yamaya is a chain restaurant from Fukuoka known for both motsunabe (hotpot dish with various offal) and Fukuoka’s local specialty, karashi mentaiko (spicy cod roe). There are several branches throughout Japan, and when I was in Osaka, there happened to be a newly opened branch in Takatsuki, DH’s hometown, so we decided to […]

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Where to view Plum Blossom in Kansai

Plum blossoms, or ume, are as beautiful as they are underrated. Many people head to Japan to view the celebrated cherry blossoms, but few realise that plum blossoms are just as enchanting, and they last longer. While cherry blossoms bloom for two weeks at the most, plum blossoms colour Japan in varying shades of pink […]

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5D4N in Okinawa Road Trip (From Nago to Naha: Part 3)

As we had to return our rented car to the rental car company which was located in Naha, we’d decided that it was better to stay a night in Naha and continue our sightseeing in Naha. Naha is a relatively compact town easily accessible by public transport, so it was not a problem getting around […]

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5D4N Okinawa Road Trip (From Nago to Naha: Part 2)

Before I begin on today’s blog post, I just want to add that the news of Shuri Castle being razed to the ground deeply saddened me, and I pray that Okinawa will soon be able to rebuild the beautiful castle that symbollises their rich and unique heritage which is so unlike the other parts of […]

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5D4N Okinawa Road Trip (From Nago to Naha: Part 1)

Okinawa is a resort paradise for beach lovers who love tropical heat, splashing about in the ocean, and burying their feet in sun-kissed sand. I unfortunately, fall in neither of these categories. Almost every Japanese I know abhor the winter cold and strive in hot summer, and are avid beach lovers, including DH. If you […]

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Nemophila Sea in Hitachi Seaside Park

Seeing the sea of baby blue nemophila in Hitachi Seaside Park is one of my many to-see/do things on my never-ending bucket list, and I was tremendously blessed to be able to see the ocean of blue under a brilliant blue sky. Hitachi Seaside Park  (ひたち海浜公園, Hitachi Kaihin Kōen), located in Ibaraki prefecture, is an […]

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Sakura – Ephemeral Beauty of Life and Childhood

I know, it’s way past cherry blossom period, even past spring. We are already entering into the tsuyu (rainy period) now. But I have taken so many captivating shots of sakura that I want to share, and it’s better late than never, right? I really wanted to upload earlier, but couldn’t manage to because of, […]

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The Wintry Heart of Hakodate – Day 3

It’s been a long while since my last update, due to my bad habit of procrastination and just simply lazing and enjoying my time in spring. I took photos of so many flowers that my camera is turning into a flower album. Next post will definitely be on flowers. Perhaps a much delayed cherry blossom […]

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