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  • April 17 – OTARU, JAPAN Otaru, our final stop in Japan, is on Japan’s northern most island, Hokkaido. We joined this raven up on the 13th deck to watch our sail-in. [img=http://photos.trav Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 7 | Apr 18, 2016
  • April 16 – AOMORI, JAPAN A day in Aomori. Where is that? On the northern tip of Honshu, Japan’s largest Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 7 | Apr 17, 2016
  • April 14 – TOKYO, JAPANDAY 2 The sixth, and final segment of the 2016 World Cruise begins: “Glacial Grandeur”, from Tokyo to San Francisco! [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/92262/F Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 7 | Apr 14, 2016
  • April 13 – TOKYO, JAPANDAY 2 Fireboats welcomed our arrival as we sailed under the Rainbow Bridge into Tokyo Harbor. Our afternoon arrival was timed for low tide – so we would clear the bri Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 7 | Apr 14, 2016
  • April 12 – SHIMIZU, JAPAN Every port in Japan seems to have a Ferris Wheel. Fun! This is Shimizu, a quiet town known as the “Gateway to Mt. Fuji”. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/92262/ Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 7 | Apr 14, 2016
  • Signs of the Pacific IslandsThe Japanese are masters at catering to every eventuality. Nothing is left to chance and, because it frequently rains in Japan, umbrellas are always at the ready. Hotels, restaurants and even some stores, freely hand over umbrellas to departing customers Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 13, 2016
  • April 10 – FUKUOKA, JAPAN Kon nichiwa (Hello) from Fukuoka, the largest city on Japan’s Kyushu Island, just 120 miles from the Korean peninsula. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/9226 Posted by Swenigale in Serenity 7 | Apr 12, 2016
  • Just Another Sightseeing DayIt is claimed that there are thirty thousand flowering cherry trees in the Kii mountains surrounding Yoshino in Eastern Japan, so it’s not surprising that legions of people flock from all over the world to witness the Mankai – Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 12, 2016
  • The Yin and Yang of JapanIt is very easy to romanticise Japan. It is, to western eyes, exotic in almost every respect. It has seemingly strange customs and there is a populace that is, in general, simultaneously demure and extrovert. These young ladies in their Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 10, 2016
  • From Nagasaki to The HagueMost of the time after violent man-made disaster strikes, that particular generation afflicted by it will learn that issues can always be resolved in other ways than violent means. And then, we lapsed into another hateful cycle, be it being Posted by canglingy in The Chronicles of Ling :) | Apr 9, 2016
  • The Sakura of Kanazawa As the warmth of the spring’s sun makes its way northward across the Japanese islands the last drab days of winter are shrouded in a mist of pink and white that rolls relentlessly across t Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 8, 2016
  • Namie YakisobaNamie Yakisoba is a famous dish in Namie-cho, Fukushima prefecture. So what is the different between namie yakisoba and the mainstream yakisoba we heard of? Well, the first difference is the noodles itself. For namie yakisoba, they Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Gourmet Trip in Japan | Apr 6, 2016
  • Tonpei YakiTonpei Yaki is an Osaka classic dish. It is almost always ordered as an appetizer at any Okonomiyaki store you go to in Osaka. If you listen closely while at a Okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka at other people Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Gourmet Trip in Japan | Apr 6, 2016
  • Sado Island - Slipping Slowly Off the MapIn the 13th Century, Sado Island, a few hours ferry ride off the west coast of Honshu in the Sea of Japan, was a distant place where disgraced emperors, poets and priests were exiled. Today it is best known by Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 6, 2016
  • Japanese Etiquette 101We are currently staying in a ryokan in Ogi on Sado Island. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese guesthouse with an onsen, (a communal hot tub), and there are very strict rules of etiquette. Firstly, all shoes must be removed Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 5, 2016
  • Negi YakiNegi yaki is one of Osaka's great delicacies. This dish is similar to the traditional Okonomiyaki but with a large amount of "negi" or green onions (as we call it in English) along with the batter and other ingredients. Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Gourmet Trip in Japan | Apr 3, 2016
  • Springtime in Niigata This Shinkansen high-speed bullet train sped us through the mountains of Gunma in a series of tunnels rivalling the Chunnel and in just an hour we travelled halfway across Japan to arriv Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 3, 2016
  • Springtime in Nagasaki Most of the time, this blog tend to veer away from more popular touristic destination and it is no different this week. This entry will move the spotlight from the West all the way to a small town in Japan, Posted by canglingy in The Chronicles of Ling :) | Apr 2, 2016
  • Signs of Japan The attention to detail in Japan is totally unimaginable to westerners. No purchase is too small not to be boxed, gift wrapped and given its own bag. No snippet of information is too mun Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Apr 1, 2016
  • EdoOn Saturday I first went to a new museum by Nikon which they have opened as part of their 100 centenary celebrations in 2017. It included a history of Nikon and many examples of the camera and lenses they Posted by stephen_dann in World Tour 2016 | Mar 31, 2016
  • Kyoto and HiroshimaOn Thursday I had plans to go to Kyoto for the day so I left the hotel at 7am and made my way via Shinjuku station to Tokyo station to catch the 8am Shankensen train. As my rail pass Posted by stephen_dann in World Tour 2016 | Mar 31, 2016
  • Off to TokyoAfter a good night’s sleep I got the express train to Vladivostok airport to get my flight to Tokyo. This was the first flight of the trip and 2 hours after taking off we landed at Narita airport. Posted by stephen_dann in World Tour 2016 | Mar 31, 2016
  • Takasaki’s Good FortuneNo matter how many times we ride the Japanese bullet trains, (the Shinkansen), we can’t fail to be enthralled. One minute we’re hurtling through the urban jungle of Tokyo’s sprawling suburbs and the next we’re a hundred miles away in Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Mar 31, 2016
  • Toruko RiceToruko rice is a famous dish in Nagasaki. The dish consists of Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet), curry pilaf and spaghetti. The word Toruko means Turkey in Japan and rice means rice so it basically means Turkish rice. Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Gourmet Trip in Japan | Mar 30, 2016
  • Jako-Katsu and JakotenJakoten is the soul food of all soul food in Ehime Prefecture. No matter where you go in Ehime, Uwajima or Imabari, you will definitely find a place that sells Jakoten. So what is Jakoten? Well Jakoten Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Gourmet Trip in Japan | Mar 30, 2016
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