Any and everything to do with Japan. From one-off photographs to blog posts and comments on things happening in this beautifully frustrating country.

Photograph of a paddy field in Japan, drained, cleared and with the supports used to dry the rice still standing

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

After years of looking out my bedroom window at the empty paddy fields, I decided to track them down. [keep reading...]

Photograph of a quartet of red bicycles waiting to be rented.

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Kobe is a walkable city. If you don't fancy all that legwork, you could rent a bicycle. [keep reading...]

Photograph of the Port Liner monorail coming into the station at Sannomiya

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Every time I hear a claim driverless trains or monorails don't work, I roll my eyes. I take one regularly. [keep reading...]

Photo of a road station sign in Japan showing the services available - Toilets, disabled access, smoking room, food and also parking. In the background is the outline of a Green Suzuki Hustler Kei Car parked in a single bay all on its own.

Monday, September 11th, 2023

I always take a photo on my phone. It saves the GPS data, which means I know where I've been. Useful for later edits on photos. [keep reading...]

Photograph of the Izushi clock tower, a wooden structure with sides curving to the crowned top and a white clock face showing 12:10

Monday, August 28th, 2023

The clock tower in Izushi was thought to be the oldest in Japan. Until it wasn't. This hasn't stopped the town becoming a must-see destination on the Japanese tourist trail. [keep reading...]