summarising – my favorite spots

Gokayama This is another special place that I visited thanks to Chihiro San and her mother who took a day to drive us around. I am so thankful for them for being so welcoming and warm to me. Everyone wants to visit Shirakawago when in the region, Gokayama is also one of those traditional villages, […]

Summarising – my favorite spots

Koyasan   Here is another where I managed to go every year (sometimes more), although it is a journey to reach the top of this Wakayama mountain, almost 3 hours away from Osaka World Heritage site since 2004, Koyasan gathers for me nature, spirituality, meditation, quiet, food, experience and Japan traditions in one place. I […]

Summarizing – my favorite spots

Nara Yukari took me to Nara in 2002 so it really dates back and I had an instant love with the place. At the time, it is much less touristy, very local, less deers, you could walk in silence on a Saturday Since I have been living in Japan, I organised to spend at least […]

Summarising – my best experiences

Among the top top top souvenirs is Awa Odori in Koenji, every August (this year from 12th 15th in Tokushima and end August in Koenji), a million of people gather in the street to see over 2000 dancers completing the Awa Odori dance. This is a o-bon dance, plenty of classes teach you and nowadays […]

#3 – summarising – 10 things I will NOT miss

Nationalism Although I am an absolute fan of the way of life, the history, the fact Japan kept its DNA throughout modern times, I cannot agree on the cast system in place and very well maintained by the elites. You are a foreigner, you must be 2nd class citizen. Examples – when you are a […]