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Unique Finds Around The World: Arashiyama Forest of Owls

March 26, 2018

First row: Little owl / Barn owl / White-faced scops owl Middle row: Great grey owl / Indian eagle owl / Vermiculated eagle owl Last row: Great horned owl / Southern boobook / Spotted eagle owl Aside from the usual cat and dog cafes, Japan is widely known to have all these quirky animal cafes (think rabbits, owls, hedgehogs, snakes etc) that are quickly making its way to everyone’s list. I first discovered that Japan had these owl cafes after…

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Kyoto Market Guide: Nishiki Market

March 22, 2018

If you love wandering around food markets like i do, then be sure to make your way to Nishiki Market in Kyoto. What started out as a wholesale fish district in the early 1300s has now become a bustling retail market for locals and tourists alike. More than 100 shops and restaurants line this long and narrow street, and many of the stores have been operated by the same families for generations. Here you can find all things food; from fresh seafood and…

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Osaka Diary: Day 1 & 2

March 13, 2018

What We Did Day 1: Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori & Namba I flew to Osaka with ANA* (via Tokyo) and arrived to a beautiful sunrise at the airport. The tarmac crew were the cutest i’d ever seen – they’d stop whatever they were doing and just wave at the plane as it started to taxi on the runway. That really brightened up my day especially after an exhausting 11hr flight from Sydney. I had a different arrival time than the rest of…

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Less Than 24 Hours In: Nara

March 6, 2018

What We Did We arrived Nara around noon and initially wandered around the couple of shops nearby, stocking up on Daiso’s heat packs before making our way towards Todai-ji Temple. It was crazy freezing on the day we were there, and when we stumbled across an old lady selling steaming hot sweet potatoes out of this portable wood-fired oven, we immediately started waiting in line (though we misunderstood the pricing and ended up paying 1,000yen for a sweet potato yikes). This…

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Todai-ji

February 24, 2018

One of Nara’s iconic landmarks. The main hall of Todai-ji, Daibutsuden (otherwise known as the Big Buddha Hall), is a vast wooden structure, housing one of Japan’s largest bronze statues. Despite its overwhelming size, it is actually only two thirds of the original structure, having been rebuilt after being consumed by fire. Twice. There’s something different about Japanese temples and shrines, where the silence speaks volumes and any tourist chatter gets drowned out by your sense of awe. I have…

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Oh Deer

February 21, 2018

Such beautiful creatures! Finally paid a visit to Nara Park, home to countless of wild deer, but despite being wild, there’s nothing wild about their habitat. There are easily thousands of tourists each day, and you can purchase a pack of deer biscuits for a mere 150yen. They are somehow very well-mannered towards vendors though, never disrupting business and only hounding you the moment food falls into your hands. One of them made it a mission to stalk my dad’s…

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