Yakushima: On a Quest for Princess Mononoke

“Cut off a wolf’s head and it still has the power to bite.” Apparently, but alas I was unable to test this hypothesis during my recent trip to Yakushima, aka, the scenic inspiration for studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke/もののけ姫. Setting off from Oita city with my travel companions, R & L, we didn’t depart until nearly… Continue reading Yakushima: On a Quest for Princess Mononoke

Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji

For the final instalment of my adventurous Summer holidays, it was time to climb Fujisan! Famous from its appearance in  ukiyo-e block prints, its a iconic status can only be matched by anime and crazy Japanese electronics. Thursday: Arigatou Mr Robotou Always a joy to shorten the work week, I woke up at 0515 on a Thursday morning,… Continue reading Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji

Hong Kong: Reunion

My second vacation during the Summer Holidays saw me visit Hong Kong, and reunite with my best friend, Ginger Rob! Friday 7th August So after a stressful morning of having my yearly medical, of being told I shouldn’t have eaten, and may have to rearrange my medical that afternoon, I was aboard my 1207 Miemachi… Continue reading Hong Kong: Reunion

Taiwan: Hiking, hiking, HIKING!

Finally the summer vacation has arrived and so begins my first trip of the summer – Taiwan with fellow Brit and JET, Emma, who I met in London Orientation almost exactly a year ago! Saturday 24th July: A quest to find a hotel After an initial hiccough, wherein we discovered that the airport had 2… Continue reading Taiwan: Hiking, hiking, HIKING!