Fuji-itis

Fuji-itis

There is a mental condition of which you may not have heard: The Paris Syndrome. The symptoms are thus: Japanese tourists save up for a couple of years and use all of their scant holidays to travel half way around the world to the French capital. En route they read and reread their guide books ...

Kusatsu: It’s Not Just For Christmas (or Autumn Part Two)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 in Gunma, Travel Volunteer Journey | 6 Comments
Kusatsu: It’s Not Just For Christmas (or Autumn Part Two)

The town of Zao Onsen, back in Yamagata prefecture, was a nice wee place – we just happened to arrive there at the wrong time of year. So it was with some trepidation that we arrived in Kusatsu in Gunma. On a grander, slightly more Swiss scale, this is a very similar town. Healing waters ...

The Dear Green Places

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Tokyo, Travel Volunteer Journey | 4 Comments
The Dear Green Places

Tokyo might be full to bursting with people, and real estate may be eye-wateringly high, but the city has done an admirable job of defending its green spaces. With almost 40 parks and gardens, if you look hard enough its still possible to find a bit of peace, enjoy a cool drink under a tree, ...

Autumn – Part One

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Tochigi, Travel Volunteer Journey | 4 Comments
Autumn – Part One

Because we’re loving sorts, today we thought we’d bring you two blog posts. This first one is because we literally couldn’t contain the pictures we took of our first autumnal colours today. This time of year is especially exciting for us as it’s been a very, very long time since we saw anything like it. ...

The Wind Began To Switch…

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Hokkaido, Travel Volunteer Journey | 12 Comments
The Wind Began To Switch…

Jamie was going to talk about our hike to the summit of Mount Hakodate today. He  was going to mention that we passed through the almost San Franciscan dock area; that some locals seemed genuinely surprised to see us on the streets at all; and that with the sun shining, the world feels like a ...