Tag Archives: Japan

Hiroyuki Shindo's Little indigo museum in Miyama

Posted on July 12, 2018 by Toothpicker

Sometimes it doesn't matter how much planning you do before your trip, things would still go wrong... but miraculously, some kind strangers/ locals would appear out of nowhere to help you out. I am sure many people have had these experiences when they travel, and I think it is probably the most [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Designers & artists, Japanese art, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with museums, Kyoto, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, The little indigo museum, Miyama, Hiroyuki Shindo

'Kanko kogai' (tourism pollution) in Kyoto

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

The usually tranquil Philosopher's path was full of tourists with selfie sticks during the cherry blossom period
I have been warned and I knew when I struggled to find accommodations three months before my trip, yet I still went to Kyoto during the sakura season. It was not my plan to visit [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Kyoto, Japan, cherry blossom, mass tourism

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (Day 2)

Posted on June 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

From Koyasan to Kumano Kodo

Posted on June 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

Let the journey begin... in Japan

Posted on June 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

Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Japan, Shopping guide, bookshops

Tokyo's coffee culture

Posted on June 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

Trend is an intriguing topic. Why is it that some trends remain local (within a town/city/country) while others spread and become global? There are of course numerous factors behind the spread of a particular trend, but the one that excites me most in recent years is the booming coffee or cafe culture [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Tokyo, Travel, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Coffee, Tokyo, Japan, cafes

Yokosuka Museum of art

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

Yokosuka museum of art
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my original itinerary in Japan was altered at the last minute, and I had to go alone without my travel companion and cancelled all the pre-booked accommodations.
Fortunately, I managed to rebook my entire trip one day before my departure; and a few days [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Architecture, Travel, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Contemporary and was tagged with Japan, contemporary architecture, yokosuka museum of art, Japanese architecture

Tokyo street life

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

People-watching is my favourite pastime when I travel. I enjoy immersing myself in the surroundings and observing the quirks and odd sights. Sometimes being an outsider enables you to notice interesting sightings that are often neglected by the locals. What is 'norm' to the locals may be fascinating to the outsiders, our [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Photography, Travel, Anything Japanese, Street life and was tagged with Tokyo, graffiti/ street art, Japan, street life

Spring blossom in Tokyo

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Toothpicker

The last days of cherry blossom in Tokyo's Shiba park
Due to all the traveling, I have been slacking on the blog writing lately. The next few entries will be on my trip to Japan last month...
This year, sakura/cherry blossom arrived in Tokyo at the end of March, as predicted by [...]

This post was posted in Tokyo, Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Tokyo, nature, Japan, cherry blossom

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