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[OPEN] Tokyo Photo Walk: Scavenger Hunt 2015

日本語のために下にスクロールしてください。For Japanese, please scroll down. Hey nomads! It’s almost February and that means it’s time for another Tokyo Photo Walk. This month, join us for a fun team … [Read More...]

Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Japan

How to Access Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks in Japan

Do you remember the Japanese public Wi-Fi service I told you about? For less than $5 a month and available at more than 60,000 urban locations, it's a steal! But for the short-term … [Read More...]

Wi2 300 Logo

Unlimited Wi-Fi Access in Japan for Less Than $5 a Month

In Japan and need access to the Internet? Despite all its technological advances, free public Wi-Fi in Japan is unfortunately not as accessible or reliable as you might think. Well, … [Read More...]

Setsubun celebrations, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s Setsubun: Demons out, good luck in!

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...]

Pink Penis Mikoshi "Elizabeth", Kanamara Matsuri, Kanagawa, Japan

Japan’s Kanamara Matsuri: The Penis Festival

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...]

Seijin no Hi, Tokyo, Japan

[CLOSED] Tokyo Photo Walk: Coming of Age Day 2015

The festive season is over and 2015 is already in full swing. That means it's time to announce our first photo walk of the year and since arriving back in Japan! Come out and join … [Read More...]

Shimokita Tengu Matsuri, Tokyo, Japan.

Long Red-nosed Goblins Festival, Tokyo

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...]

Beach Podstrana, Croatia

Why I’m Not Telling Anybody My New Year’s Resolutions

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...]

Admission tickets from H25

How to Read a Japanese Calendar

Happy New Year! Welcome to the year 27! Wait...27? Now, before you proclaim that I must still be feeling the effects of New Year's celebrations, it IS ACTUALLY the year 27 in … [Read More...]

Christmas Eve, Art Rink, Yokohama

2014: Our Year in Review

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...]

Sapporo Snow Festival, Odori site, Hokkaido, Japan.

Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan

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...]

Sounkyo Hyoubaku Matsuri site, Hokkaido, Japan.

Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival, Japan

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...]

Yokohama's Chinatown

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Yokohama

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...]

Setagaya Boro-ichi, stalls, flea market, Tokyo

Setagaya Boro-Ichi: Winter Flea Market Shopping in Tokyo

Love a good treasure hunt? Are you a shopper who loves the pursuit of a bargain? Then come rummage to your heart's content this weekend at Tokyo's Setagaya Boro-ichi (世田谷ボロ市). Held … [Read More...]

Sutera Harbour Office

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu on a Budget

If you're planning on going to Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) and have already done some research on climbing Mt. Kinabalu, you've probably quickly realized that it's not exactly cheap to sign … [Read More...]

Polestar Festival

So…We’re Back in Japan

Hey nomads! The J-COM guy came to the door this afternoon so that means we now have Internet! Hooray! This will be our first blog post after returning to Japan so wanted to update you on … [Read More...]

Smiles from Sri Lanka

Now That It’s (Almost) Over

As I sit in bed and write this post, we have only three more nights until this round the world trip is over. This time next week we'll be back in Tokyo participating in a weekend festival. … [Read More...]

Tuk tuks, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hello Sri Lanka: First glimpse of Colombo

As soon as we set foot off our Sri Lankan airlines flight, we felt the comforting embrace of the tropics. The heat was instant yet hung low and thick, enveloping us in ever so gentle waves … [Read More...]

Cannibals Kayak House sea kayaking

Life Update: A month in Sri Lanka & Moving back to Japan

It's been an extremely fast paced October and start to November so we thought it was time to send you an update. Last month, we attended the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) Conference in … [Read More...]

Asakusa Tori-no-Ichi, Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s Tori-no-Ichi: The Rooster Market That Sells Rakes

The Tori-no-Ichi (酉の市 - rooster market) is an open-air fair that takes place annually on the Days of the Rooster in November according to the Chinese zodiac. Formerly, the Japanese used a … [Read More...]