Sayonara Japan

Having been in Hong Kong for a few days you’d have thought I’d have had ample opportunity to reflect on my time in Japan, but not so. From visiting night markets to climbing peaks, getting drunk with other travellers to getting caught up in gambling fever at the races, things Read more…

Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6th 1945, at approx 8.15 in the morning, the Enola Gay flew over downtown Hiroshima and dropped Fat Man, the first atomic bomb to be used in a war. In a flash of nuclear fire, 90,000 lives were immediately snuffed out and, within a week, the death toll Read more…

Today I met Soke

I’ve been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (aka ninjutsu) for just over seven years and, as I’ve fallen deeper in love with the art, I’ve often dreamt of visiting the grandmaster in Japan. Today I met Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Sporting a crazy purple hairdo and arriving fashionably late, a hush Read more…

Ueno Park/Maricar

After a solid twelve hours, which my body obviously needed, I awoke refreshed and full of intent to explore Ueno Park. Unlike most city parks, which tend to just be green spaces, this one has a bag load of things to see and do – museums, shrines, temples, wildlife, street Read more…

Ueno, Tokyo, Japan 11/8/18

Konbanwa from sunny Japan! Getting on the site has been quite the journey, Japanese keyboards are different, obvs, and its taken me aaaaages to login, so fingers crossed the inspiration to write has not left me. BTW, forgive the omission of ellision, I have not worked out how to make Read more…