Vignettes of Japan #12: If I were a Samurai

What I love about this historic samurai abode is its intimate Japanese garden in the heart of the house. The Nomura Samurai House, together with the Kenroku-en Garden, makes Kanazawa a must-visit for anyone who is interested in Japanese gardens.

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Happy Holidays!

My phone has been flashing Whatsapp notifications of Christmas greetings from my friends. The latest photo came from a dear friend who is in Siem Reap, Cambodia and showed him in front of immense tree roots that had overtaken the crumbling ancient walls around it. I immediately recognised where this was taken at. It has…

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Onsen in the sky

At 1,280 metres above sea level, Ryounkaku Tokachidake Onsen (十勝岳温泉 凌雲閣
) is the highest onsen, in Hokkaido. Soaking in this hot spring is one of my favorite memories from my recent trip to Japan. The hot spring opened to the public in 1958 and is renowned for its “cloud sea”. Because of its lofty location…

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