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How to Survive Hanami Season in Japan [JapanTravel Article]

In Japan, JapanTravel by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Ohayo Gozaimasu! Japan has given me a helluva welcome so far with the Sakura trees blossoming right on schedule in my first week in Tokyo! I spent most of my week exploring various parks and hot spots for Hanami – it’s my first time seeing the Sakura in full bloom and I’m starting to understand what the big fuss is about. It really is quite beautiful and fleeting! Meanwhile, here’s the first post I did up for JapanTravel. It’s mostly about my experience and observations of the Hanami tradition in Tokyo. It’s honestly a bit bewildering if you are a …

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That Time I Had To Get Rescued From A Ski Slope

In Anecdotes, Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

More Mishap Map stories for you, wherein things happen to be abroad and live to tell you the tales! Here’s one from my days before this website started, when I headed to Hokkaido with the family for a ski trip. The last time I went skiing was when I was really quite small, so small that the rope pulley system on the Whistler Mountain slopes would pull me off my skis when I tried to hang on, so . We stayed at the Rusutsu Ski Resort and skied for 2 days – one day on the ski slopes, we decided …

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48 Hours in Osaka

In Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Osaka is a vibrant city in Japan where you can easily spend a long time in, but if you only have 48 hours to spare, here’s a quick rundown of what you can do in just one weekend

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Eating my way through Osaka

In Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

So there wasn’t that much planning for our Osaka trip – most of what we ended up doing was decided there and then, the night before, or on the day itself while hiding out in the restaurant. What we definitely planned to do though was eat. A lot. You’ve seen the great udon we had in Kagawa, here are some of the other interesting things we ate on this trip!   Traditional Tastes – Takopachi and Okonomiyaki Osaka’s well known for producing some of popular street food that travellers are bound to recognize in their own home countries. Takopachi, traditionally …

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Storming Osaka Castle and a weird building next door

In Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Other than Shinsabashi, Osaka-Jo, or Osaka Castle was one of the places I visited the last time I was in Osaka. It was much cooler weather then, so we spent most of our times walking the grounds and the park surrounding the castle.  This time around with more time to spare (and crazy hot weather to boot), Y and I decided to head we still wanted to head up to the castle to check it out, but this time to enter the castle itself. It was so, so, so hot on the day we were there! It’s a fair walk …