Japan 2015: At Last – Samurai!

Japan 2015: At Last – Samurai!

I’ve travelled a fair bit in Japan and have researched about a lot of places I’ve yet to go, but one thing that always stumps me when asked is ‘where to go for samurai’. I mean, aside from just going to some castles, what is there to see? As much as I love samurai movies … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Postcard from Naoshima

Japan 2015: Postcard from Naoshima

Here I am with another postcard from Japan! As before, there’s way more going on over on Instagram (@ali_haikugirl) at the moment than there is here, as it’s hard to find the time to sit down and post. However, over Christmas I will start to go through all my photos (4,700 ish so far…) and will … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Postcard from Koyasan

Japan 2015: Postcard from Koyasan

I’ve been meaning to post more but I’ve just been too busy and tired in the evenings. Do keep an eye on Instagram (@ali_haikugirl) for regular updates though! (It’s much easier to post quickly on there, and at the moment I’m posting a few times a day.) When I’m back in the UK I’ll post … Continue reading

Japan 2015: Solo Pilgrimage

Japan 2015: Solo Pilgrimage

Greetings from Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉)! I had planned to write sooner, but I’ve just been so damn busy having fun and catching up with everyone in Nagoya. I already have lots of stories to share, but they will come later when I eventually upload all of my photos and write proper blog posts. For now, … Continue reading

Japan 2015: The Adventure Begins

Japan 2015: The Adventure Begins

As anyone who knows me either in real life or on Facebook will know, I’m heading off to Japan very soon and I’m pretty damn excited about it. Just 3 sleeps to go! I first visited Japan in 2006, then returned in 2007. In 2008 I moved there for 3 years, returning in April 2011. … Continue reading

Book Review: Kai by Derek Vasconi

Book Review: Kai by Derek Vasconi

The bastard child of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Stephen King’s Carrie, Kai explores how one innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world. Satsuki Takamoto is an invisible otaku teenager in Hiroshima. The only thing she has going for her is the upcoming birth of her … Continue reading

Latest kokeshi addition

Latest kokeshi addition

Introducing the latest addition to my kokeshi doll family… My friend rescued this kokeshi for me from the internet as an early birthday present. She’s absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t know anything about her origin. She has a slight wonkiness about her, which I like. The head was separate and just slots on with a … Continue reading

Winner of Tokyo: Capital of Cool by Rob Goss announced!

Winner of Tokyo: Capital of Cool by Rob Goss announced!

  Thank you to everyone who entered my competition for a chance to win a copy of Tokyo: Capital of Cool by Rob Goss (see the review and competition post here). The winner has been selected by a random draw, and will be contacted shortly. I’m delighted to announce that the winner is… ☆★☆ Kavey ☆★☆ Kavey said: “For me … Continue reading