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Foggy view of Tokyo from the 53rd floor!

Roppongi Hills in Tokyo is an expansive shopping and entertainment complex. It is very sleek and modern. I usually stay away from shopping centers but the Mori Art Museum is on the 52nd floor of the 54-story Mori Tower. Completed in 2003 and named for builder Minoru Mori, the tower is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development. The…

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Fortune sticks and Prayer wheels in shrine filled Miyajima

Miyajima is a small island close to Hiroshima that I visited when things at the memorial service got to emotional; for me. This island’s real name is Itsukushima , and Miyajima is just a popular nickname meaning “Shrine Island”. While at the floating shrine, Itsukushima I really wanted to do the Chinese fortune telling sticks but unfortunately…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Floating Markets From Above

Change your perspective on something by looking at it from above is this weeks photo challenge. The best view of the floating markets of Bangkok is definitely from Above.  One of the most famous pictures of Thailand, and one of the most visited tourist sites on the outskirts of Bangkok, is the famous Floating Market.  While visiting…

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Great Buddha and thousands of Jizo statues

Kamakura was Japan’s capital for more than 100 years beginning in 1192 and is filled with shrines and temples. It is also here that the Great Buddha statue is found. My friend Yvonne and I walked around the Kamakura area one sunny Saturday and on our way to the Great Buddha we stopped of at Hase-Dera…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Looking Up in York

The weekly photos challenge is UP! While walking around we don’t often look up and see what the world above us has to offer! One of the places I always look up is when visiting a cathedral. Cathedrals always have so much detail hidden on the ceilings or archways that you would miss otherwise. While…

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Cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Geyoen Park, Japan

I was lucky enough to move to Japan just before spring so had the chance to experience cherry blossom time in Tokyo!! Shinjuku Geyoen Park is one of the most beautiful cherry blossom sites that I visited while living in Japan. The streets and especially parks were all filled with these beautiful blossoms.  I loved walking…

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Himeji, the oldest castle in Japan

While spending a weekend in Kyoto my friend Michael and I decided to visit Himeji Castle one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Himeji is just under an hours travel on the train from Kyoto and quite easy to reach.  Himeji castle is the biggest and oldest castle in Japan and dates back to 1333.…

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Blessing circle on Japans’ Enoshima Island

  I loved living in Japan and exploring all the wonderful places it has to offer. One of my favourite weekend destinations outside of Tokyo was the small island of Enoshima. Enoshima is very small, about 4 km in circumference, linked to the mainland shore of Fujisawa city by two 600-meter bridges. As I cross one…

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Walking through thousands of Red Torii in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most famous of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan. This shrine ended up being my favourite one in Kyoto.  It had a very peaceful and spiritual atmosphere. Fushimi Inari Shrine is also famous for the countless torii gates, offerings by worshippers, which cover the hiking trails of…

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Travel theme: Pale Ruins

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa is PALE and what is paler than sun bleached ruins? I explored Ephesus while traveling through Turkey a couple of years ago, it was amazing!! The library of Celsus is definitely the most recognizable  ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Turkey. It was built in honor of the Roman Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus  in 177 AD. The library…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color of Japan’s Geisha

This weeks photos challenge is colour, and what is more colourful than the bright kimonos of the Geisha in Kyoto!?Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. I spotted a few of these beautiful women in Gion, Kyoto‘s most famous geisha district. It is…

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Mist shrouded Nikko, shrines and hot springs.

Nikko is a small city situated about 135km North of Tokyo between picturesque mountains and waterfalls surrounded by lakes, wild monkeys, hot springs and hiking trails. It’s a 3-4 hour journey by train from Shinjuku station on the Tobu-Nikko line and cost me about ¥1320 one-way, ideal for a long weekend get away from the…

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Trying to touch a small Tame Springbok.

My friend and her husband took me to Blaauwboschbank Private Nature Reserve, their family farm for the weekend. This small Nature reserve is in the Freestate, South-Africa and only 126 hectares big but a lovely place. The farm is what they call typical freestate “vlakte” with open grass fields where all the animals graze. The…

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