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The Happiest Place on Earth for Sake Lovers: Saijo & Takehara

Saijo Sake Festival The happiest place on earth is loud, crowded and just a little bit gross, but it's something worth experiencing for sure.  Picture this: all the sake available from all over Japan, meaning over...

Shanghai Sundays: Shangri-La Hotel, East Pudong

Shangri-La translates into Lost Horizons, which is fitting considering it’s easy to get lost in Shanghai, where the horizons of possibility and opportunity are endless. The city is an incredible mix of cultures, food,...
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Chilling out with a chilled udon and tempura on my first night in Osaka

The transition from Sydney's cold and rainy 17°C to Osaka's hot and sticky 38°C was not easy. Our plane landed at about 6pm and by the time we arrived at our hotel, it was...
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Ramen Shops in Japan (Kyoto & Tokyo) Worth Visiting

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish that originated in China. While it was once considered a simple and cheap staple in many students' diets, it has today grown into an iconic national dish...
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Guide to 100 Yen shopping in Japan

Remember my shopping frenzy at Sydney's 100 yen store, Maruyu City Super? Well, I am now thrilled to be able to take you to the real deal in Japan! What are they These are popular bargain/variety...

The case for ryokans

The word ryokan - meaning ‘traditional Japanese inn’ - is a word that pops up quite frequently when talking about Japanese travel, often associated with 'traditional' cities like Kyoto. While you can probably find...

Shanghai Sundays: Champagne Brunch at The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

One of the most beautiful areas of Shanghai, is Xintiandi just next to the French Concession precinct. This leafy green area is home to gorgeous old buildings that line the streets, with their classic...

Finding the sublime in Tokushima

On first glance, Tokushima City, located on Japan’s Shikoku island seems a typical Japanese city: clean streets, a mix of high rise modern buildings and quaint traditional houses further at the edges, leading up...

Shanghai Sundays: The Westin Shanghai

My life subscribes to the principle of “living well’ and I try to translate this through every aspect of what I do. The Westin aptly condones this approach with their philosophy the Seven Pillars of Living...

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