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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


Tomigaya: All you need is a dog in Tokyo!

Posted on August 16, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Dogs in strollers
 
When you think of dog-loving cities, most likely you are going to think of Paris, but on the other side of the world, Tokyo is now the 'Paris of the East' (in terms of their obessions with their pets or dogs).
Tomigaya is an area in Shibuya, located on the [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, books, Japan and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, Food & dining, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, cafes, street life, bookshops, dog, Tomigaya


Art, nature & permaculture in Fujino

Posted on August 12, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Most foreigners who visit Japan tend to stick to big cities or well-known onsen/resorts, and they rarely travel to the rural parts of Japan. On this trip, I completely fell in love with Japan's rural countryside. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was a highlight, but I also loved Fujino, a rural town (with [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Food & dining, Shopping, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Design, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Japan, basketry and was tagged with hiking, Japanese designs, Food & dining, shopping, nature, eco living, Japanese art, Japan, pottery, Japanese craft, sustainability, Fujino, basketry, permaculture, transition town


Bruno Taut's only architecture in Japan: Kyu Hyuga Bettei

Posted on August 8, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
After traveling through the Kansai and Chubu regions during the first half of the trip, I finally reached the Kanto region, where I spent time the rest of stay in Tokyo and Kanagawa. From Tokyo, I took a train to the well-known hot spring seaside resort, Atami, which is less than an [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Japan and was tagged with Japan, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Japanese architecture, Bruno Taut, Atami, Kyu Hyuga Bettei, Bauhaus


Spring in Kanazawa

Posted on August 5, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
After days of traveling to and from various small towns and villages, I finally arrived at a big city – Kanazawa – the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. Before my visit, I had heard that it is a historical and picturesque city which has been nicknamed 'Little Kyoto'. Although like Kyoto, the city [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Markets, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, contemporary, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, Food & dining, art and design exhibitions, temples, Japan, contemporary art, Food markets, Japanese architecture, Kanazawa, Yanagi Sori


Echizen Washi Village

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The JR Johana Line in Toyama and the poster for the Belles montagnes et mer sightseeing train
 
When foreign visitors think of Japanese railway, the first thing they think of is likely to be the sleek Bullet train/ Shinkansen. As much as I appreciate them, I have a particular soft spot for [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Transport, Japan, washi paper, Train journey and was tagged with paper craft, contemporary crafts, Japan, trains, washi paper, Monono-fu gallery, Echizen washi village, ekiben


Ainokura & Gokayama washi

Posted on July 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Unlike Shirakawa-go in the Gifu prefecture, the remote Gokayama region in the Toyama prefecture is exempt from big bus tourism and seems to attrach more independent travelers. Even though the two areas are both declared as UNESCO world heritage sites, they are located in two different prefectures, and I have a feeling [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, washi paper, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with folk arts & craft, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, washi paper, Ainokura, Gokayama


Can Shirakawa-go survive from over-tourism?

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

Breathtaking scenery from the bus journey
 
Over-tourism is now a global problem, and it becomes more problematic when a historic and tranquil village is suddenly listed as an Unesco World Heritage Site. While many governments endeavour to get their country's famous sightseeing sites listed in order to generate tourism and income, they are [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, mass tourism, Shirakawa-go


24 hours in Hida Takayama

Posted on July 23, 2018 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery of the mountains during the train journey to Takayama
 
Even though I am familiar with unpredictable weather, I wasn't fully prepared for the fluctuation of temperatures and weather while traveling around Japan. For the first 10 days of my trip in the Kansai region, I experienced exceptional warm and sunny weather [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, woodblock printing, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with traditional crafts, folk arts & craft, Japan, Japanese architecture, woodblock printing, Hida Takayama


Hotel Baison in Mino

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
When I was planning my trip to Mino, I struggled initially to find an accommodation in the town centre. I was quite perplexed by this, and so I started to check on google map. Eventually, I found a hotel called Baison, but apart from the location, I could not find the website [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, Hotel Baison, hotel


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