Gabare Farm – Saitama Prefecture (March 27th – April 4th)

After a month of wandering around more or less aimlessly, it was time for me to start wwoofing. Not only for my wallet, of course, but also to meet Japanese people and practice a little bit. After sending a few messages around, I decided that my first wwoofing experience would be close to Tokyo so…

WWOOFing – Prologue

Part of my plan in coming to Japan was to spend some time WWOOFing in order to meet new people with whom to practice Japanese and to save some money. What does WWOOFing mean, you ask? Are you turning into a dog for a few weeks? No, no, my friends, nothing of the sort. WWOOF…

箱根 – Week 4/5 (March 22nd to 25th) – Accommodation)

After leaving Yokohama (and while feeling like an idiot to have to move my huge bag after such a small amount of time (3 days) – last time I am travelling for less than a week, says the little voice in my head), I headed to Hakone, as recommended by a friend of my little…

横浜 – Week 4 (March 19th to 22nd) – Accommodation)

After just over 3 weeks think Tokyo, it was time for me to go and explore the area a little bit – that’s when I booked 3 nights in a hostel in Yokohama: Guest house Futareno. The staff was really nice and very surprised to see me coming with my house on my back (I…

東京 – Mistui Memorial Museum

On March 5th, I fulfilled my dream of seeing hina dolls displays at the Mitsui Memorial Museum. Location: Nihonbashi Entrance fee: 1000円 (£7.5), 100円 coupon available on their website. Why go there?  To admire pieces from the 300-years long collection of one of the most powerful families of merchants and industrialists in Japan. Exhibition I have…

Mexico – Chapultepec

Let’s rewind to my first stop on my way to Japan – Mexico City! I only went to see a cousin I had not seen in some fifteen years, hoping for some sun like the pale, sun-starved Londoner I have become and discovered in 4 little days an amazing place, full of culture and life….

Mexico City – Teotihuacan

On my second day in Mexico City, I went to Teotihuacan – the closest pyramids to the city. This name means ‘the place where the gods were born’. It was easy to imagine it to be the case because of the mix of reverence and amazement I felt wandering around the place. The complex is composed…

東京 – National Center of Art

On March 1st, after having lunch with a friend, I walked to The National Center of Art and discovered they had an exhibition on Yayoi Kusawa, which was great because I had missed the London one (silly me!). This was my third museum of the week, and what a visit! The museum itself is absolutely…

東京 – Meiji Jingu Shrine

For my first weekend in Tokyo, I decided to explore the area and walked to the Meiji Jingu Shrine twice over the weekend – The first time to see the shrine itself and the second to see a bit of the Hinamatsuri festival, were paper boats representing dolls were put into the water by children. Location:…

東京 – The National Sword Museum

On my second outing to the Meiji Jingu Shrine, I walked in The National Sword Museum, almost scared of being disappointed – it was located in a part of Shibuya I would never have seen if not for my decision to walk as much as I could and Google Maps’ enjoyment at making me go…

東京 – The Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

oMy first week was very indeed very active, apart from Thursday where I just did laundry and relaxed at home with kanji reading and writing, and Terrace House (Japanese reality TV) catching up. Yes, I am addicted. Yes, this is ridiculous. Yes, you can throw rocks at me. Anyway, during my first week in Tokyo…