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...]

Photograph of a man swirling a Ukrainian flag in modern dance

Sunday, August 27th, 2023

A dancer performs with the Ukrainian flag, swirling and stretching in a street in Japan. [keep reading...]

Graphic showing a slice of cake on a textured background.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

A graphic created as a follow-up to my article on using CAGRs in business planning, and shared on LInkedIn [keep reading...]

Photograph of the overhead air vents on a Pokémon liveried aircraft.

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

A flight on the Pokémon Aircraft out of Kobe brought a little detail I doubt many others noticed. [keep reading...]

Photograph of a covered shopping street in Japan. On either side are the supports for the curved central roof, and a person to the left giving context for its large size

Monday, August 14th, 2023

The walk from the end of this street to Sannomiya Station is about 2km. Apart from crossing the road in a couple of places, it's pretty much all under cover. [keep reading...]

Graphic showing a brightly coloured triangle acting as a filter from the millions of hits on Google to the one person who remembers what they're all about. The caption reads,

Monday, March 27th, 2023

Common knowledge isn't as common as you think. [keep reading...]

Photograph of stairs at a baseball stadium. Painted on the left side risers is a man holding a baseball. On the right is the phrase Let's enjoy the game.

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

These only become visible when you’re facing the stairs almost head on. Before that they’re just random shapes. [keep reading...]


Monday, January 23rd, 2023

I assume someone hit “publish” before they were ready. [keep reading...]