Two decades of Japan

At the turn of the millennium, I left behind family and friends for the first time in my life and headed East to Japan.  To say that it was a big decision is a monumental understatement:  it was wholly transformative.  The other day it hit me that this year is the 20th “anniversary” of the … More Two decades of Japan

Luang Prabang, Laos ラオスノルアンプラバン

Let this be a lesson to you; always double check visa requirements before you head off on holidays (unless you’re from Singapore).  I went to the airport knowing I needed a visa to enter Vietnam but what I didn’t know was that I needed to pre-apply for one.  I figured it was like Cambodia, Laos, … More Luang Prabang, Laos ラオスノルアンプラバン

Nikko 日光

My second day trip was north into Tochigi prefecture to visit the shrine/temple complex of Nikko.  Nikko is the resting place of the shogun who began the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu and his grandson Iemitsu. The main precincts of Nikko are primarily Shinto but Nikko was established in 766 by the construction of Rinno-ji.  The … More Nikko 日光

Kamakura 鎌倉

The first day trip away from Tokyo was about an hour to the south to Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture.  Between 1185 and 1333, Kamakura was actually the capital of Japan.  I was up and gone very early and arrived in Kita-Kamakura (North Kamakura) shortly after 8:00am.  I thought I would follow the suggestion from my … More Kamakura 鎌倉