I'm a huge fan of cinnamon. I love it in cakes and buns, in apple pie and of course in copious amounts all over donuts. But I have to say I have never thought about where cinnamon comes … [Read More...]
There are certain things that are on most travellers' checklists when they visit Japan: eating sushi, visiting hot springs, watching sumo, to name a few. While it may not be at the very top … [Read More...]
To tell you the truth, I knew very little about Sri Lanka. My knowledge of its people, culture, history, nature and cuisine were all pretty much made up of a vague patchwork of news articles … [Read More...]
I will be the first to admit I was a bit of a cruise skeptic. OK, not just a bit. I thought it was a cushy package holiday for the retired or those only interested in a manufactured travel … [Read More...]
Literally meaning the "seasonal division", Setsubun (節分) is an important Japanese celebration associated with the changing of seasons. Setsubun is traditionally celebrated on the day before … [Read More...]
The first Sunday in April marks the celebration of the Shinto fertility festival, the Kanamara Matsuri or the "Festival of the Steel Phallus." Known colloquially as the "Penis Festival", … [Read More...]
The Shimokita Tengu Matsuri (しもきた天狗まつり) or Long Red-nosed Goblins Festival is held over three days each year in late January/early February. The event is held in honor of Tengu, the Japanese … [Read More...]
I love this time of year, I really do. A new year feels like a fresh start. It's re-energizing and exciting, and goal setting just falls naturally into this time of reflection and renewed … [Read More...]
I know I say this every year, but this year has been one hell of a ride!
2014 saw us visit 17 countries and have some of our favourite travel experiences to date. Thanks, as always, for … [Read More...]
If you're only going to do one thing this winter in Japan, you have to experience the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri or Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido.
Held once a year over a week in February, … [Read More...]
If you're heading to Hokkaido this winter, spend a couple of hours at a festival that can only be described as fantastical.
The Sounkyo Hyoubaku Matsuri or Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival, … [Read More...]
What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year in Japan than at Yokohama's Chinatown. The streets alive with a festive atmosphere, drop in for all-you-can-eat yum cha at one of the bountiful … [Read More...]