Tag archive: Japan

Japan – a country of contrasts

Samurai mask

Samurai warrior head dress

Japan is a beautiful country. The food, the manners, the dress and the traditions are all about politeness, the aesthetic, elegance and honouring hierarchy.  Yet at the same time there is a brash, zany other side to the place as well.

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Thoughts about the fragility of life …

Cherry blossoms

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
~ Homaru Cantu

Friday food treat: Food vans in Hirafu

Food vans in downtown Hirafu

Food vans in downtown Hirafu

Hirafu village is the main hub for the Niseko United resort area. Apart from snowsports businesses, it hosts a range accommodation from hostels to deluxe penthouses and food outlets with restaurants, cafes and bars offering eastern and western food and beverage menus. Then there are the food vans!

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Friday treat – Coffee in a can

Photo author's own

Photo author’s own

The Japanese love vending machines. Buying hot drinks in vending machines is par for the course, and one of my work colleagues is often buying cafe au lait!

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