Must see beautiful view of Mount Fuji from Chureito Pagoda

Google “Mount Fuji” and your first search results are very likely to include the beautiful view of Japan’s sacred mountain from the Chureito Pagoda in Arakurayama Sengen Shrine Park, Fujiyoshida. Most of these search results won’t even mention the location – it’s just one of the default “pretty Japan” stock photos used in articles. Chureito…… Continue reading Must see beautiful view of Mount Fuji from Chureito Pagoda

Visiting the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre

photo copyright CC BY-SA 4.0 – Sablier de Verrie The Shizuoka Prefecture Fujisan World Heritage Centre is a museum in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture. A facility for protecting, preserving and maintaining Mt. Fuji. The Centre also has an academic research function. In 2013, Japan’s iconic Fuji mountain was registered as a Unesco World Heritage site. I had read about the architect Shigeru Ban’s…… Continue reading Visiting the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre

My favourite Japan related YouTube channels

I get most of my Japan travel ideas and information from YouTube channels. I started my “J-vlogger” viewing about five years ago, at the tail end of the first or second wave of the phenomenon. J-vloggers are mostly non-Japanese (mostly Americans, Canadians and Australians) living in Japan and uploading videos to YouTube about their experiences…… Continue reading My favourite Japan related YouTube channels

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Japanese series Samurai Gourmet on Netflix

Samurai Gourmet is the title of a cool Japanese series on Netflix. It’s funny, moving and full of delicious food.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8lvlgu8Qa4 Samurai Gourmet – Japanese trailer There is an ever growing collection of Japanese series on Netflix: Terrace House, Good Morning Call, Atelier en the wonderful Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories. I’d like to talk about…… Continue reading Japanese series Samurai Gourmet on Netflix

Visiting Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light

The architect Tadao Ando has designed four chapels and churches in Japan. They are known as the Churches of the Wind, Water, Sea and, his signature work, Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church, better known as the Church of the Light. The Church of the Light was built in 1989, in the town of Ibaraki, in Osaka prefecture…… Continue reading Visiting Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light