Tagged with Osaka

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a rare find. It’s an epic family saga, enlightening historical novel, tragic love story, exploration of identity and so much more. Not to mention, how beautiful is the cover? Pachinko traces the life, joys, struggles and misfortunes of an immigrant Korean family in Japan. It begins in a rural Korean … Continue reading

Interview with Morgan de Laporte

Interview with Morgan de Laporte


From 15 – 31 August, Sway Gallery will be hosting Daydreaming – a Japanese motion, a photography exhibition from French photographer Morgan de Laporte. I caught up with Morgan ahead of the exhibition’s opening to talk about the exhibition, photography and more. First things first, please introduce yourself. I’m a French photographer, I’ve been living … Continue reading

Back to Japan

Back to Japan


After an amazing holiday in Japan with my good friend Oana last year, I didn’t think I’d be going back for a long time. Then my sister Grace got a job teaching in Fukuoka for a year, so there was an excuse for a family holiday! I’ve more or less been left entirely to my … Continue reading

Blog’s best of 2015!

Blog’s best of 2015!


It’s New Year’s Eve, so tradition dictates that I must do a ‘best of 2015’ round-up blog! This was a very busy year for me blog-wise: a trip to Japan, branching out into restaurant reviews and reaching 1,000 subscribers! And, of course, I read lots of books and watched my fair share of anime. Competition … Continue reading

Mooching around Osaka

Mooching around Osaka


I know we’ve just slipped into November, so I’m a little bit late on the final Osaka October blog post. If you haven’t been following on Twitter, you can check out all the Osaka photos I tweeted to celebrate #OsakaOctober. We had a lot of fun in Osaka, so I’d like to leave you with a … Continue reading

Relaxation time in Osaka’s SpaWorld

Relaxation time in Osaka’s SpaWorld


Japan’s famous for its beautiful onsen (hot springs), although you might expect to find them on the mountainside or a tranquil little village – not in the middle of a big city. Well, Osaka likes to take you by surprise. One absolute must-visit place on your Osaka hit list should be SpaWorld in the Shinsekai … Continue reading

What to eat in Osaka

What to eat in Osaka


Oana and I ate our weight in delicious food when we were in Japan for two weeks… and a lot of the most memorable turned out to be in Osaka! Supposedly, people in Osaka spend more money on food than anything else and the food culture is described as “kuidaore” (eat ’til you drop). I … Continue reading

Osaka Castle: A Game of Thrones comparison

Osaka Castle: A Game of Thrones comparison


I know, I know, how can I possibly link a castle in Japan and Game of Thrones together? Well, they both have a pretty bloody and violent history – and some of the fictional characters have a couple of things in common with the real-life fictional ones. Let’s talk about the awesome Osaka Castle first… … Continue reading

Book review: The Good Shufu

Book review: The Good Shufu


Can love be strong enough to pass a different language, country and entirely different culture? Is there part of you that secretly thinks, ‘I wish I could meet Mr or Ms Right, preferably in Japan so I have an excuse to move there?’ If either of these questions pique your interest, I highly recommend The … Continue reading