Category: Japan

Hiking along the Uradome Coast

Although I talked about this in a previous post, I didn’t really upload enough photos to give a sense of what hiking along the Uradome coast/San’in Geopark is like. So…not a lot of writing, but lots of photos for your information. (I’ll try to update it with better public transportation information when I can). The map at the beginning of…

Visiting Japan: Spring

I’ve lived in Japan off and on for over 11 years now and have seen and answered a lot of questions about visiting Japan in that time. Of course, in the months leading up to April, most of the questions revolve around visiting Japan during hanami season. I’ve offered up a lot of advice to many different people on a…

Into the lands of the gods

The not-so-gentle rocking of the train curved along the single track, following the S-shaped route of the river parallel to it. As I rocked back in forth in my seat, the train ride towards Matsue was a gentle reminder that I was leaving city life behind me. I could barely make out the low, rolling mountains on either side of…

Looking for Spring

I was always a pink kind of girl. Pink shirts, pink socks, pink barrettes…even the decor of my bedroom was pink. I was a pink kind of girl even though I was a bit of a tomboy too. For a while, in my teens and early twenties I traded in the pinks for darker, plainer colours, but over time I…

Nightwalk

Keage Station. It’s quiet, empty. I am the only person to have gotten off the train. The subway tracks are located deep beneath the ground and it’s just me and the silent hum of the escalators as they carry me upwards past pictures of the stars of the local zoo. I emerge into the dark, slick streets in front of…