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Yakusugi Land and Museum (Yakushima Day 2)

If you haven’t yet you should first check out Yakushima Day 1: Waterfalls and Fruit Garden. If you plan to visit Yakushima I also highly recommend the guidebook “Yakushima: A Yakumonkey Guide” written by Clive...

Items

Yufuin Cat Items – A Great Souvenir

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Do you have friends in Japan who offered to send you something? Don’t know what to get? Then I hope my “Japanese Items series” will help you! I have to admit it is hard as there...

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Yumebutai on Awaji Island

Today I want to introduce “Yumebutai” to you. A place that offers beautiful landscapes and flowers! Yumebutai (夢舞台) literally means “dream stage” and consists of a conference center, a hotel, a memorial...

Travel

Yakushima Day 1: Waterfalls and Fruit Garden

As part of my winter vacation 2012 I travelled from Miyazaki by bus to Kagoshima where I stayed the night. From Kagoshima I took a ferry in the morning to Yakushima. I always wanted to visit Yakushima, but it is quite far out...

Wiki

Omikuji: Fortune-telling paper strips

In the last Wiki entry I introduced “ema” (Japanese wooden wishing plaques). Today I want to explain about another thing that you’ll find just as often in many shrines and temples: OMIKUJI   Omikuji =...

Travel

Miyazaki: Sunmesse Nichinan

Visiting Kyushu during my winter vacation, I also stopped by at Miyazaki Prefecture. After visiting Aoshima and Udo Shrine along the Nichinan Coast, my last destination of the day was the Sunmesse Nichinan. It’s not really...