An Unexpected Chapter in History- Trapped between North Korea and USA

Living in Japan has always felt a safe haven, worlds away from the terror threats in Europe and all other atrocities happening across the globe. However, my safe bubble on the magical islands of Far East Asia appears to have a puncture, slowly deflating with each and every verbal display of power launched between North…

The Quirky Side of Japan…

As stated in my very first post, this blog is designed to be a diary of my time in Japan. A way of remembering every little detail no matter how small. Flicking through some old photos, I have realised that there are many things I have encountered or experienced that for some reason just never…

Hotel Edit- Yokohama

I don’t usually write about specific hotels but as my blog is a diary for myself, then keeping a record of some particularly good hotels may add to the memory. Who knows! My first ever ‘Hotel’ feature is about Hotel Edit in Yokohama. It is a small business hotel that has a real modern feel….

Cabin Hotels and World Heritage Sites!

I start pretty much all of my blog entries with a reflection on how my life is continually changing whilst living here. And it is true, it is. It is impossible to go through life and not change. Being in Japan has no real bearing on that fact but it does seem to have impacted…

Hoshinoya Fuji

A long time ago I came across a chain of hotels called Hoshinoya which essentially is Japan’s equivalent to Centre Parcs only much more expensive and much more unique. As a result, the thought of booking a trip to any of these hotels has only been but a dream until I came across the most…

Nara and Himeji Castle

We have been in Japan for over two years now and I have noticed (more so this year) that our daily experiences have started to change. We have been very fortunate to have had even more visitors this year and it is only when we see Japan through their eyes that I start to notice,…

The in laws and Okinawa

It isn’t until new people arrive that you realise how much you have done and how much you still have left to do! With the arrival of my new teaching partner, I suddenly realised how long I have actually been in Japan. Since arriving two years ago, there have only been four new international members…

Hosting in Japan.

After our two adventures to Guam and Shimoda, we spent the second part of the summer preparing for the arrival of our next visitors┬ábut not without sneaking one last small night away in Tokyo first and this time we chose Odaiba. We found an amazing deal at the Hilton hotel and took no time at…

Guam and Shimoda

Since moving to Japan┬ápretty much all of our holidays have been spent enjoying the company of guests as all my previous blogs will attest too. However, this summer we found ourselves with a considerable amount of guest free time so we decide to use it wisely and catch up on some of our own travelling…

What is it like to live in Japan?

Since making my diary (now blog) much more public, I had a request from a relative to share more of our day-to-day experiences here in Japan so here it goes… Well the best place to start is probably with out apartment. We live in a town called Makuhari, in a relatively new part called Baytown….