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Talking Point: A Journey of Discovery Okinawa

Japanese prayer (Ema) at temple

Talking Point: Journey of Discovery in Okinawa Japan is many things to many people.  For us it was a luminous pink kitten on a pagoda roof and a manga character in an electric town. It was a tidal wave of people on a zebra crossing and a glitter covered dancing robot. And that was just [...]

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Sticker on the Heart: Taiji Dolphin Protest at The Cove

Dolphin in captivity at Taiji Whale Museum

A Sticker on the Heart: Family Taiji Dolphin Protest at The Cove Would you ever take action for what you believe in? What if that action may have consequences? And your children are there to witness, or even join in? While on holiday in Japan this summer we watched ‘The Cove’, a documentary about the [...]

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Techno Robot Madness at Robot Restaurant Tokyo

Queuing for the Tokyo Robot Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Techno Robot Madness at Robot Restaurant Tokyo Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant is one of those rare things in life. A unique blend of imagination, big thinking, spectacle and a reported five million lightbulbs. It’s also, unexpectedly, a family show and bonding experience. Yes there are dancing girls but this is NOT an adult show. And don’t [...]

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A Most Rewarding Summer of Japanese Adventures

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima near Hiroshima

A Most Rewarding Summer of Japanese Adventures This summer we discovered Japan, thanks in part to a partnership with the InterContinental Hotels Group.  If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ll know our travel style isn’t usually at the luxury end of the spectrum but this summer, thanks to IHG, we were able [...]

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Yet Another Week in Haiku – Adventures in Japan 4

Kimono walk in Old Kyoto

Yet Another Week in Haiku – Adventures in Japan 4 Our final week in Japan and the pace hasn’t let up or perhaps we haven’t. So much for a month spent meditating on the sound of one hand clapping. This week has been a right old mix of ancient and modern. We’ve been to industrial [...]

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Another Week in Haiku – Adventures in Japan 3

Stirring the Incense at the Todai-ji Temple in Nara

Another Week in Haiku – Adventures in Japan 3 Week three in Japan and still the haiku keep coming. I’m surprised how we’ve managed to keep this up. It requires a bit of daily discipline but seems to be a great way to journal that forces you to try and capture the essence of something, whatever [...]

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Adventures in Japan: Our Haiku Journal Week 2

Tokyo Tower at Night

The Week in Haiku – Adventures in Japan 2 Our second week of adventures in Japan and we are getting into our stride. We’ve been hiking in the Japan Alps, cuddling cats in a cat cafe, meeting robots, being blinded by neon, searching for Mount Fuji and praying to the Gods of IT. If you [...]

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Haiku Travel Diary: Japan Adventures Week 1

The Week in Haiku

A Haiku Travel Diary – Adventures in Japan Week 1 We love exploring different ways to bring you a taste of our travels and adventures. As Japan is the home of Haiku poetry we thought it would be fun to try and publish a kind of Haiku Travel journal, live while we travel around Japan. Each [...]

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Tasting Japan in London: Sushi School & Beyond

Japanese Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park

A Taste of Japan in London: Sushi School & Beyond Can you prepare yourself for a total immersion into a country as complex, different and ritualistic as Japan? Probably not. But we’re giving it a go anyway. We are in London for two days to experience some of the food, culture, spirituality and practicalities of [...]

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Who wants to be a Millionnaire?

IHG Rewards Club Points Millionaire

Who wants to be a Millionnaire? Fancy being a millionaire for a summer? We do. And in a collaboration with the InterContinental Hotels Group we are going to be. Kind of. Just not the money kind. But it does mean we will be sleeping on fresh pillows in some exciting IHG hotels as part of [...]

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