Just Me in Japan – Wrap up

Thursday 29 November 2012 Sadly, today it is time to go back to reality, boarding the first leg of my flight home from Tokyo to Singapore. Taking to the skies, I get to see Mt Fuji (although the plane windows are dirty and smudgy and the photo shows it as a blob on the horizon)…

Just Me in Japan – Narita

  Wednesday 28 November 2012   This morning I’m back on the Narita Express, heading back towards the airport ready for my departure tomorrow morning. But rather than just stay the night, I thought I might head to Narita early so I can check out some of the sights, namely the Naritasan Temple and Park….

Just Me in Japan – Tokyo Day Tour

Tuesday 27 November 2012   There were a few things I didn’t get to see on my last trip to Tokyo. So today I’m going to do the touristy thing and sum them all up in one Tokyo day tour and a night tour of Shibuya and Shinjuku. I manage to find the first tour meeting point…

Just Me in Japan – Taking to the Shops in Tokyo

Monday 27 November 2012 Today I am taking time out to do something dear to my heart, something I didn’t do enough of in Japan on my last visit…get out the credit card and go shopping! Shinjuku – get ready! The shops in Japan don’t open until 10/11am, which is VERY late for someone like…

Just Me in Japan – Nara

Saturday 24 November 2012 After another sleepless night last night (with a baby down the hall that seemed to cry ALL NIGHT!), I’m keen for a slow start today.  Pulling myself together, I pop down the road to visit Nijo Castle. I’m a bit castled/templed out now, but Nijo is special…it’s known for its nightingale…

Just Me in Japan – Tokyo Lights

Sunday 25 November 2012This morning I leave Kyoto for Tokyo. I grab a taxi and head for Kyoto Station. Japanese taxis are a treat – immaculately clean with antimacassars on the headrests and chairs, the backdoor opens automatically for you and the drivers always get you to your destination safely. I’m way early, but I…

Just Me in Japan – Kicking around in Kyoto

Friday 23 November 2012 I don’t know if its the location of the hotel or just my luck, but it seems to have been a really noisy night with sirens and street cleaners (?) all over the place. I awake early – still not out of work mode yet – and take a peek out…

Just Me in Japan – Kyoto and the Gods of Inari

Thursday 22 November 2012 Today I get my first look at Narita in the daylight.  It’s still a bunch of overpasses and flyovers.  But I’ll get another look before I leave next week. I grab the first shuttle bus back to the Airport to catch the Narita Express to Shinagawa, and then the Shinkansen “Nozomi”…

Just Me in Japan – Arriving in the Land of the Rising Sun

Wednesday 21 November 2012 It’s just dawned 21 November 2012, and I’m sitting here at the airport waiting to board my flight, a total bundle of nerves. I have been for the last week, and as anyone who knows me can attest, it’s always this way. I’m worried I’ll miss my connecting flight in Singapore,…

Destination Japan

  Can’t believe my trip is 4 1/2 weeks away! Here’s a recently published article on Japan for anyone interested. Destination Japan – an article from The Australian, 5th October 2012

One Year On

Of course, today is the one year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear tragedy that hit Japan on the 11th of March 2012. Strong earthquakes hit the Tohoku Region in the afternoon of March 11, 2011, triggering several meter high tsunami waves that caused massive destruction and loss of human lives in areas along the Pacific…