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Omura Park in Nagasaki

After visiting Gunkanjima in Nagasaki City in the morning I was heading towards Hirado in the afternoon. Before arriving there, I stopped by in Omura City which is on the way. I wanted to visit Kushima Castle in Omura Park so...

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Aka Tombo: The Red Dragonfly

When visiting Japan one of the more pleasant insects you might see if you’re a bit lucky is the red dragonfly (aka tombo, 赤とんぼ). My area seems to be especially famous as many of them used to gather there, but I heard that...

Recommendations

Blog: Surviving in Japan

After introducing the brand new online magazine “Tsuki” in my last recommendation post, I want to go ahead and present you a great blog today! “Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)” (click) Although...

Travel

Gunkanjima – Battleship Island

If you’re in Nagasaki and have some time left, definitely check out the so-called “Battleship Island“, also known as Gunkanjima. Visited: January 6th 2012 The easiest way to get to Gunkanjima is to join one of...

Culture

Himono Onna – The Dried Fish Woman

I’m pretty sure that most of you know what a dried fish is, right? I also think you’ve heard of “women”? But what on earth is a “dried fish woman”? Japanese society can be tough. There’s this...

Travel

Shiratani Unsuikyo (Yakushima Day 3)

After visiting some waterfalls and the Yakushima Fruit Garden on my first day in Yakushima as well as the Yakusugi Land and Yakusugi Museum on my second day, I finally got to visit the highlight I had been longing for: Shiratani...