Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day

In 2015 I had the privilege of staying with my Japanese friend's family in Tokyo for two weeks in February/March. They were such kind and generous hosts and I took away so many amazing memories from that experience. My trip happened to coincide with the Japanese festival of Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll Festival … Continue reading Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day


The city of Fukuoka is pretty much at the end of the Shinkansen in the north of the island of Kyushu. Famous for Hakata-style ramen and its street food stalls called "yatai", it's always been on my list of places to visit. As we were travelling as far as Hiroshima on our most recent trip, … Continue reading Fukuoka

Nana’s Green Tea: Delicious Green Tea Ice Cream in Japan

Nana's Green Tea, as you can probably gather from the name, is a specialist green tea cafe in Japan. They serve a huge range of green tea drinks including, of course, matcha drinks. However, the main draw for me is their ice cream. Matcha lattes and ice creams are becoming increasingly popular and available in … Continue reading Nana’s Green Tea: Delicious Green Tea Ice Cream in Japan


A short train ride from Hiroshima is a town called Saijo, famous for its sake breweries with their distinctive red brick chimneys dotting the skyline. We visited one afternoon to sample some of Japan's best sake. We arrived just after lunch and picked up a map from the station's tourist information office to do a … Continue reading Saijo