Author Archives: John Rose

Japan Part 10: You Can Chūō Your Own Way

We explored Tokyo by bicycle – whizzing past temples and parks. Spent the night time in alley way bars and restaurants – robot and regular. But there is more to this city, places to visit in the daytime, streets to explore. Culture on every corner. If Tokyo is considered the centre of Japan then Chūō […]

Japan Part Nine: Neo Tokyo

There is a romance about all those who are abroad in the black hours. Robert Louis Stevenson As the sun sets on the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo it undergoes a transformation. The concrete and glass facades of city streets become faded under a kaleidoscope of neon lights. The Early Birds morph into Night Owls as […]

Japan Part 8: Tokyo Drift

When we are very organised we arrange for a tour on our first full day in a new city. This helps us get our bearings, sample a selection of top sights on day 1 and get some insider information from the guides – “eat in this district”, “get here before 9am to not queue” etc. […]

Japan Part 7: Castle on a Cloud

Located 117km southwest of Kyoto is coastal city of Himeji. More like a town really with its 500,000 inhabitants compared to the metropolitan region of Osaka/Kyoto/Nara. Why were we leaving the hustle and bustle of downtown Kyoto to visit this smaller place? Himeji Castle… that’s why! Its a 17min walk up the wide boulevard of […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lock

This week’s photo challenge Luckily for us it had  since been rebuilt and would allow us to ford the Danube and reach our next destinations. But before we moved on we had to leave our mark. Similar to the Pont des Arts in Paris and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Istvan Szechenyi Chain […]

Japan Part 6: All that Glitters is not Gold!

Can you make scrambled eggs in a cup? Not one of life’s most interesting questions. Not one I thought I would find myself pondering in 2018 in modern-era Japan. The answer is – yes, yes you can! As long as you stir the sh1t out of them with a plastic fork. About 5 days into […]

Japan Part 5: We are not in Nara anymore..Kyoto!

Located in the  southern suburbs of Kyoto this motley collection of shrines, temples and rest-houses is quite impressive. What blows you away is are the vermilion torii. Thousands of these gates mark the pathways inside the complex. Sweeping up and down slopes and crests in all directions while winding their way up Mount Inari A wondrous […]