Japan is a country of culinary delight. Some of them are famous (sushi, for example), while others are wonderful surprises that fill your mouth with unexpected joy (takoyaki springs to mind).
Some surprises are good, but hard for the naïve Western brain to comprehend. Other surprises were… not good. Not good at all. As someone who has now spent the better part of a month sampling the delicacies of this fine country, I can now present to you my list of the Top 5 things I wasn’t expecting to eat in Japan, but did anyway.
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I like the traditional kimono. They are beautiful, elegant and distinctly Japanese.
What absolutely drives me nuts is the tourist obsession with kimono hire in Kyoto. I’m sure it’s not a new thing, but the phenomenon now appears to be totally out of control.
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If you are ever lucky enough to travel to Japan, Kyoto should be high on your list of places to visit. It offers a contrast to the neon lights of ultra-modern Tokyo – a glimpse of Japan’s history and tradition.
At first glance, much of the city appears to be ancient. Great temples and shrines can be found around every corner. Nijo Castle and The Imperial Palace dominate the northern part of the city on the map. Yet, All isn’t quite as it seems…
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When you are travelling with a toddler who still has a regular midday nap, you have to weigh up whether your time is better spent travelling on trains, or whether you are better off sticking to the local attractions. We faced this dilemma a couple of times during our stay in Kyoto – Nara (we didn’t go because it was too far), and Arashiyama.
Read more “Arashiyama – A Day in Paradise”