Japan 2015: Half a Dual Pilgrim

Japan 2015: Half a Dual Pilgrim

Whilst walking the Kumano Kodo I discovered a number of things. One was that I really like hiking, the other was the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St James. The Kumano Kodo and the Camino de Santiago are the only two pilgrimage routes in the world to be registered as UNESCO World Heritage … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Three

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Three

When I left you last I was settling in for the night in Yunomine Onsen, listening to the rain as I laid my head on the futon, praying for a brighter day tomorrow. Fortunately, I woke the following day, Tuesday 26th November, to find the rain had stopped. It was a dull start to the … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Two

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day Two

It’s been a while since I wrote. As predicted, real life is getting in the way of me writing about my great adventures. But I have so many stories to tell – I mustn’t let time pass too quickly. So, in my last post I had just begun my Kumano Kodo (熊野古道) adventure and had … Continue reading

David Bowie (He loved Japan too)

David Bowie (He loved Japan too)

I don’t have many words today, other than to say that I’m incredibly sad about the passing of the wonderful musician and actor David Bowie. You might be wondering what that has to do with Japan? Well, actually quite a lot. Bowie had a lot of connections with Japan and some of his fashion was … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day One

Japan 2015: Kumano Kodo Day One

My trip originally started out as just a holiday with no work element, and one of the main focusses of the holiday was always doing the Kumano Kodo (熊野古道). The Kumano Kodo is a series of pilgrimage trails that criss-cross the Kii Peninsula (紀伊半島), and the routes have collectively been designated a World Heritage Site. … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Oigawa Railway Adventure

Japan 2015: Oigawa Railway Adventure

Back when I was a teacher at AEON we used to use these textbooks that had conversations in them for the students to practice. I can still recite bits of some of the more memorable conversations, and one that has always stuck in my mind is this one: It was a bit of a ridiculous … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2015 in Review

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2015 in Review

Welcome to 2016! It’s hard to believe 2015 is over already – it absolutely flew by! Haikugirl’s Japan has now been running for 8 years and 7 months, and I’ve written a total of 1,318 posts! In 2015 my blog was viewed about 180,000 times, and overall Haikugirl’s Japan has been viewed around 775,000 times! That’s quite mad, isn’t it? … Continue reading

Japan 2015: A Warm Welcome Home

Japan 2015: A Warm Welcome Home

I’m finally ready to start writing in more detail about my recent trip to Japan, and I warn you now it may take a while! My trip was from 18th November – 21st December, and I had a LOT of adventures in that time. It all began on 19th November when I arrived at Narita … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Christmas!

Japan 2015: Christmas!

So, I’m back in the UK now after an amazing month in Japan, and Christmas has already been and gone. Japan was Christmas crazy whilst I was there, with festive tunes playing in every shop, lift and hotel, and Christmas displays everywhere. Everything was lit up, covered in santas and very, very sparkly. Christmas was … Continue reading