By MissCeliaJ

Need Some Tranquillity in Kyoto? Enjoy This Free Top Attraction!

If you so happen to be staying at the Palace Side Hotel during your stay in Kyoto (which I totally recommend), then this park will be the view from your bedroom window and a fun attraction just one minute away. Even if you choose to stay elsewhere, this is a lovely short outing during your…

Unwind at Daifuku no Yu – a Quality Onsen in the Heart of Kumamoto!

One of the truly heartwarming things that came out of the Kumamoto Earthquake was seeing how local businesses rallied together and tried to support the citizens in need of help. I discovered the Daifuku no Yu earlier this year – it is only a few minutes away from my apartment and has become my local…

Octopus Balls: the Japanese Snack That Isn’t What You Think It Is

On one of my first visits to a Japanese restaurant in the UK I daringly ordered something called ‘octopus balls’ and imagined myself to be chowing down on the nether regions of some poor mollusk. However, I now realize that what I must have been eating was takoyaki (たこ焼き), a fishy snack that was popularized…

An Amusing Tale of the Quirkiest Aquarium in Kyushu: Wakuwaku Undersea Aquarium

Given that seafood is part of the staple diet for most people in Japan, it’s hardly surprising that aquariums are also popular. Some Japanese aquariums (such as ‘Kaiyukan’ in Osaka) are world famous and make for an outing that you’ll never forget. The smaller aquariums in Japan are charming in their own way too, and…

How to Prepare an Emergency Evacuation Pack for Earthquakes and Typhoons in Japan

When I told my Japanese friends that I had an emergency store cupboard at home, stocked up with non-perishable items and bottled water, and that I’d bought a mini gas cooker with spare gas cassettes, they thought it was pretty funny that I was so prepared. After all, there hadn’t been a major earthquake in…