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…

Prologue

This website, and this trip in general, is the result of some careful planning, but also of my general impetuosity. I had dreamed of travelling across Japan since I started studying this country, its culture and language some 12 years ago, but things did not turned out the way I had planned, and  I declared…