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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]