Writer: Louise Dupuy
My biggest loves in life are travel and animals. A change in circumstance has landed me on the beautiful island of Okinawa, in Japan's southernmost region. Join me on a Japanese adventure filled with fun, food and furry friends, as well as other things!
Japan is the land of the rising sun, but it’s also land of the strange, as you’re about to find out. Step through the entrance of Shibuya’s infamous vibrator bar with me.
May 10, 2017
Kanamara Matsuri is one of Japan’s quirkier festivals. Translated to English, it means: “festival of the steel phallus”.
April 17, 2017
Simply put, it’s ground taco meat, lettuce, and salsa nestled atop a bed of rice. However, different places offer different varieties, often adding cheese, avocado, guacamole, and even the classic Japanese favourite, the teriyaki chicken!
November 25, 2016
Have you been in Japan a while, and just fancy something a little more familiar? Or are you just not a fan of traditional Japanese cuisine? Either way, a trip to Bikkuri Donkey might be just the ticket.
October 22, 2016
It’s actually a large chain of discount stores, with over 160 locations in Japan, and 3 in Hawaii. It carries pretty much anything you can imagine, including groceries, homeware, clothing, and cosmetics, as well as some off the wall products (more on these later).
September 24, 2016
Quite possibly one of Japan’s most famous shrines, Fushimi Inari lies at the base of Inari Mountain, Kyoto. You may well know of it without even knowing the name; it’s famous for it’s “Senbon Torii”, or “thousand gate” walk, which takes you to the summit of the mountain with which it shares its name. Read on to discover more about this fascinating tabernacle, and discover the history behind the beauty.
September 10, 2016
Have you ever visited a shrine or temple in Japan? If so, you may have noticed a common theme; little wooden plaques adorned with art and handwriting. But what are they? And what purpose do they serve? Say hello to the Ema board, or Japanese wishing plaque.
August 29, 2016
Cape Hedo is the Northernmost point of Okinawa, Japans Southernmost prefecture. It resides in the village of Kunigami Village, and overlooks both the South China sea to the West, and the Pacific ocean to the East. It’s a great vantage point for being where these two bodies of water collide in a harmony of azures and beryl.
August 4, 2016
Air BnB is a wonderful thing. It’s added a completely different dimension to holiday accommodation. I’m a big fan. You can find all manner of weird and wonderful places, all over the world, and quite often for a lot less than a hotel. This in mind, a Buddhist temple probably still wouldn’t figure in your top 5 of places you can find on Air BnB (it sure wasn’t on mine), but here we are. Allow me to tell you the story of when I stayed at just such a place.
July 25, 2016
Cape Maeda is a hugely popular snorkelling and water sports spot in the Kunigami district of Okinawa. Whilst I’m a big fan of finding places off the beaten path, I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a place of natural beauty, busy or not! I invite you, lovely Taiken readers, on an adventure into the wild blue.
June 22, 2016