Yakatabune Cruise – The Luxury Cruise of Japan

What is a yakatabune cruise? Simply put, a yakatabune cruise is a luxury cruise. Once you are on the cruise, you will not only get to see unparalleled scenic views of Tokyo from the river, but also feast in traditional Japanese fine cuisine with free-flow drinks for a span of 2 to 3 hours.  Yakatabune […]

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The 108 Foxes of Keihin Fushimi Inari Shrine

The year 2018 has come and gone, and it was a year full of new experiences for me. My first year of marriage, my first year of living abroad, and of course, with some wonderful snippets of honeymoon in Europe. So if I had to use one word to describe 2018, it would be change. […]

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Beautiful Sacred Spots of Tokyo

Tokyo is not the first place one who think of when it comes to shrines and temples, especially central Tokyo. But I have uncovered some beautiful holy places right in the middle of bustling Tokyo! Hie Shrine The red torii gate tunnel in Hie Shrine (日枝神社) in Akasaka may not be as grand as that of […]

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New Year Prayers at Kitano-Tenmangū Shrine

Happy 人日 (ren ri)! In our Chinese customs, 人日 (People’s Day), the 7th Day of our Lunar New Year, was the day human beings were created. But this is a post again on my New Year spent in Japan as I’ve learnt so many interesting cultural differences in the way we spend our New Years that […]

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Kanazawa is the New Kyoto

Kanazawa, located in Ishikawa prefecture, is often considered to be a local getaway that can be rivalled to Kyoto’s beauty. And when I first saw Kanazawa, I was pleased to find that not only did it rival to Kyoto’s beauty, but also because not as many tourists flock to this ancient city, its beauty was […]

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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

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 beloved, […]

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Taking Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway and Making Onsen Eggs

After one day of soaking in onsen and feeling utterly 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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Ryokan Stay and Hot Spring Soak in Kinosaki Onsen Town

Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is a quaint little onsen town lined with traditional houses. The weepings willows swaying gently by the basalt river banks and stone bridges are reminiscent of feudal Japan. It is perhaps one of the few places whereby you can see people pattering about in yukatas as they hop from one onsen to […]

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