Category Archives: Japan

Sorted, Mate: A Foreigner’s Guide to Japanese Communal Baths

I recently went to a sentō (a Japanese communal bath) for the first time. I went to Funaoka Onsen (‘onsen’ meaning ‘hot spring’ in Japanese, though it’s often just used as a synonym for sentō), in north-western Kyoto. And while it … Continue reading

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Let’s Nagoya – 犬山市 (Dog Mountain City), or, Reflections in Dog Mountain City

On the first weekend of April every year, Inuyama-shi (or Dog Mountain City) holds its Spring festival. Inuyama is about a half-hour train ride north of Nagoya, and, working on the weekends as we do, we only managed to arrive after sundown. As such we … Continue reading

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Let’s Nagoya – Part One (The Arrival)

I moved to Japan with my girlfriend Ciara. This is the story of our flight and our arrival in Nagoya. Sorry for the lack of photos – later updates will feature pictures of everything from Shinto temples to pachinko parlours; from … Continue reading

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