Author Archives: Toothpicker

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (last day)

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku in Koguchi
 
After having a big Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku, I was ready for my last hike of the pilgrimage trail. Mr Nakazawa warned me about the first stretch of the hike, which requires a steep climb of 800 metres in elevation over 5km. This [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Markets, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo, fish market


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (Day 2)

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine
 
Since I missed the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine yesterday, I decided to visit the shrine before starting my walk today as it is one of the most three important shrines on the pilgrimage route, as well as the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines across [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, walking, Kumano Kodo


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (Day 1)

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
After a restful night at the lovely Happiness Chikatsuyu, I was feeling mentally prepared for my pilgrimage walk. According to the map, the distance from Chikatusuyu to Hongu Taisha-mae is about 25 km/15.5 miles with an elevation of 650 meters at the highest point of the route. On paper, it doesn't [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo


From Koyasan to Kumano Kodo

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Toothpicker

When I was planning my Japan trip, I came across an article about the ancient pilgrimage trail, Kumano Kodo, in the Wakayama region. Despite numerous visits to Japan over the years, I have never heard of this trail before. I became interested and started researching about the trail. Unlike the famous pilgramge [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo


Japan's sacred mountain – Koyasan

Posted on August 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Danjo Garan Temple complex
 
For a long time, I have been wanting to visit Mount Koya or Koyansan, a sacred mountain in the Wakayama region. It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism ( a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect), introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Located in the [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, gardens, temples, Japan, Shingon, Koyansan, Japanese garden


A perfect spring day in Nara

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sunny and warm afternoon at Nara park
 
My trip began in Osaka, though I barely spent any time there except for the evenings. My good friend has recently moved to Sendai (we originally met in London) flew over to Osaka to meet me before I continued on with my journey. And I [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, Japan, parks, cherry blossom, Nara


Let the journey begin... in Japan

Posted on August 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
When I decided to take a sabbatical for 6 months, I wanted to switch off from running a business and focus more on myself. For years, I have been doing various part time courses on textiles esp. indigo dyeing and shibori (Japanese resist dyeing), and so the sabbatical was a good opportunity [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Anything Japanese, Japan and was tagged with Japan, sabbatical


Everyone needs a break now and again...

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
I am finally ready to write again after three months of 'work-detox' period. This is the first entry since I went on my sabbatical, and I am writing solely because I feel like it, rather than seeing it as some kind of obligation.
After running the business for over six years (plus a [...]

This post was posted in Business and was tagged with business, sabbatical, life


London's winter art & design exhibitions (17/18)

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

The most playful Christmas lights decorations by Alan Kane for Tate Britain
 

Anya Hindmarch's love letter to London around Valentine's day: chubby hearts over different parts of the city
 
During the winter period, the best places to hang out in London are probably inside art museums and galleries. Although it is usually a busy [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Design, contemporary and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography, graphic design, illustrations, contemporary art


Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Even if you are a born-and-bred Londoner, it is likely that there are neighbourhoods that you have yet to visit. I have heard of Pinner before, but to my surprise, I have never actually visited this village before. Located in north of Harrow in zone 5, it is not somewhere Londoners would [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Graphics & illustrations, Art, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, illustrations, British art, cartoons, Heath Robinson


Items 1 to 10 of 484 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. ...
  7. 49