Tagged with Tokyo

Samurai feast at Sengoku Buyuuden Cafe!

Samurai feast at Sengoku Buyuuden Cafe!


Apparently, I am so obsessed with samurai that I will literally travel to the other side of the world to visit the Sengoku Buyuuden cafe, a samurai themed cafe in Tokyo. The Sengoku era, otherwise known as the ‘warring states’ period thanks to the samurai warlords who were constantly fighting for land and power, is one of the … Continue reading

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku

Meiji Jingu and Harajuku


One of the most popular sites in Tokyo is the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), which is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of ‘modern’ Japan, and the Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne is 1867 at a time when Japan’s feudal Shogunate era was coming to an … Continue reading

Magic at the Ghibli Museum

Magic at the Ghibli Museum


If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan, no trip to Tokyo is complete without a trip to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo! Studio Ghibli, which is often referred to as ‘Japan’s answer to Disney’ (although that description doesn’t do it justice), is one of the very first Japanese exports that I fell in love with. I … Continue reading

Asakusa: Sensoji and tranquility

Asakusa: Sensoji and tranquility


Asakusa was our base in Tokyo, so of course our first holiday stop was Sensoji temple! According to legend, in the year 628 two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Sensoji … Continue reading

Sakura overload in Tokyo!

Sakura overload in Tokyo!


Brace yourselves, the sakura photos are coming! I thought I’d start off the post-holiday blog saga with some cherry blossom highlight photos from Tokyo, where we spent a whirlwind 4 days. Here’s a theory: Britain would be 120% happier if we planted some sakura trees around the country. A traditional English picnic’s all well and good, … Continue reading

Mata ne (see you later)!


How exciting, this is my last blog post before my friend Oana and I embark on a trip around Japan! I’ve been saving up for a ‘big blow out’ holiday like this since I graduated and, when I first met Oana back in freshers’ week, we somehow knew one day we would cross the pond! This will … Continue reading

We’re going to Japan!


It’s true! The flights and (most of) the hotels are booked. I’ll be heading to Japan with my wonderful uni friend Oana at the end of March next year, so you can expect lots of blog content post-trip next year. In the meantime, I thought I’d turn to the internet for a bit of travel … Continue reading

KFC: The Japanese taste of Christmas


So, you’re probably putting the last touches to the house for Christmas tomorrow; wrapping presents, tidying up, bringing the last bit of food in… but will you be keeping with Japanese tradition and heading to KFC for lunch tomorrow? That’s right: KFC, as in Kentucky Friend Chicken, as in the fast food place. Japan has … Continue reading

Siro-A at Leicester Square Theatre


I’ve never taken hallucinatory drugs but I imagine it would be something like watching Siro-A’s performance, only the Siro-A performance is even better than drugs. That’s an unusual way to open a blog post… I’m very late to the Siro-A party and am pretty sure 50% of the Japan bloggers I follow have already covered … Continue reading