My Favourite Photos from Japan

My Favourite Photos from Japan

When I set out to write this post, I was determined to narrow down my thousands of Japan photos down to my top 10.  Yes, you read that correctly, thousands. I honestly didn’t think it would be that difficult. As I sat down and flipped through my photos, however, I knew it would be impossible for me to narrow it down to only 10. As many people have, I watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Yes, I too have…

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The Journal of Japanese Gardening’s Shiosai Rankings

The Journal of Japanese Gardening’s Shiosai Rankings

If you followed along with Shyla and I’s Japan trip, you will have noticed we made a stop at Nomura Samurai House and Garden. Gardens were an aspect of Japan that wasn’t really on my radar when I was planning my trip to Japan. The trip was in December so I was not thinking of the wonderful gardens available around Japan. In Japan, gardens are an important art form and have been refined for more than 1000 years. While researching this…

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Kanazawa: A Place Well Preserved (December 29 to 30)

Kanazawa: A Place Well Preserved (December 29 to 30)

Kanazawa was spared from the air raids during World War 2 which allowed many of the old structures and areas of the city to remain well preserved (source). Hence the title of this post. Day 1: December 29 Arrival Day Unfortunately for me, our last day in Fukui was wet. We walked around for about an hour before heading to the Shinkansen and my shoes became drenched. When we arrived in Kanazawa it was cold. Wet and cold are an…

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Fukui: The Dinosaur Capital of Japan? (December 26 to 29)

Fukui: The Dinosaur Capital of Japan? (December 26 to 29)

Day 1: December 26 (Arrival Day) So we left Osaka behind us and began our trip home. Well, not quite home, but in that general direction, East. To a small little city called Fukui. Some of Shyla’s coworkers asked why we were going there? One word, dinosaurs. We weren’t disappointed either. There were other reasons to go to Fukui but you’ll see those on day 2! Immediately getting off the train you could tell things were slower paced here, and…

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Osaka: The Bright City Lights (December 22 to 26)

Osaka: The Bright City Lights (December 22 to 26)

Osaka was a beautiful city but as Shyla says, it feels very much like Tokyo. When I visited Europe last year, this was one of the problems I had when I visited cities like London, they felt too, commercial? Too, similar to big cities back home. I had a similar feeling when visiting Osaka. When I went to Europe last summer and visited Cork and London I preferred Cork, because it felt less commercial. To me, London could be any…

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Hiroshima: A City Rebuilt (December 19 to 22)

Hiroshima: A City Rebuilt (December 19 to 22)

Hiroshima is infamous for being one of two cities targeted by the United States during World War II (the second being Nagasaki, another 300 km south west of Hiroshima). So it was important to make this stop on our 14-day tour outside of Tokyo. Both Shyla and I knew this would be an emotional, powerful, and exhausting portion of the trip. That isn’t to say we weren’t going to enjoy the city of Hiroshima, it just means we had some…

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A Tale of Two Hikers

A Tale of Two Hikers

Once upon a time, there were two hikers. We will name them Shylen and Rytu, any similarities to real life people are purely coincidental and are not based on anyone in particular. Anyways, Shylen and Rytu decided to climb Mount Misen located on Miyajima, a small island southwest of Hiroshima, Japan. ”What path should we take? There is a short one, 2.5 km. The medium one, 3 km. Or the big one, 3.2 km”, explained Shylen. ”I’m okay with any…

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Kyoto: A Timeless City (December 16 to 19)

Kyoto: A Timeless City (December 16 to 19)

Day 1 (arrival day): December 16 We arrived in Kyoto on Sunday evening. This means that not a lot was open but it gave us an opportunity to visit some of the side streets around our hotel without many people around. Let me tell you, wandering around the backstreets behind our hotel was like stepping back in time. Everywhere you look, you want to pull out your camera and snap countless pictures. The weather when we arrived was raining but…

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I’m leaving on a jet plane

I’m leaving on a jet plane

So I made it! I can’t believe that back in August, I was about 109 days out from boarding a plane and heading to Japan. Today, I’m just a couple hours away. The flight to Toronto is a short trip (maybe an hour and fifteen minutes) but the bigger hurdle comes with the Toronto to Tokyo direct flight, that is approximately a 14-hour monster. I really got lucky flying today as it’s a balmy -2 degrees Celsius in the National…

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Japan Trip 2018/19

Japan Trip 2018/19

So the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close. It was an incredible 27 days! The plan is to continue writing posts about my experiences. I have gone ahead and made this a “Featured” post to avoid it getting buried behind new posts. Enjoy the collection of posts! Lead up posts Announcement Post An unexpected journey: Japan! posted on October 19, 2018. Itinerary Post Upcoming Japan adventure posted on November 29, 2018. Prefecture posts Kyoto: A Timeless…

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