Category Archives: Japan

Look What Drewscape Drew: Travel Journal Inspirations

Look What Drewscape Drew: Travel Journal Inspirations

My regular readers would know that I’m a big fan of travel journalling, and often carry one with me on my various trips. The Taiwan journals were my initial attempt, and I’m quite fond of the more recent attempts, like the Osaka and UAE ones. My chicken scratches, of course, are put to shame byMore

That Time I Had To Get Rescued From A Ski Slope

That Time I Had To Get Rescued From A Ski Slope

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 smallMore

48 Hours in Osaka [The Sojourn Diaries Article]

48 Hours in Osaka [The Sojourn Diaries Article]

Crossposted from The Sojourn Diaries where I’m a featured writer. Check out the site for more interesting and snappy travel stories! Day 1 Start off your day at Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium at the Osaka Bay area, one of the largest public aquariums in the world with a unique butterfly-shaped building in the Osaka Bay area.More

Wallpaper Wanderer: Maple Leaves of Fushimi Inari

Wallpaper Wanderer: Maple Leaves of Fushimi Inari

KYOTO, JAPAN – The very first Wallpaper Wanderer entry is one of my own, my laptop wallpaper photo was taken on my last trip to Osaka. Find out how these maple leaves make me wanderlust.More

Ohayo Osaka! Eating my way through Kansai

Ohayo Osaka! Eating my way through Kansai

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 hadMore

Ohayo Osaka! Storming Osaka Castle and a weird building next door

Ohayo Osaka! Storming Osaka Castle and a weird building next door

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 weatherMore

Ohayo Osaka! Shinsaibashi, Dotunburi, Ebisubashi and other long street names

Ohayo Osaka! Shinsaibashi, Dotunburi, Ebisubashi and other long street names

More Japan posts! I can’t believe I was just there a month ago…   Shinsaibashi So we were staying in the Namba area in downtown Osaka, and often found ourselves walking along the famous shopping stretch about 10 mins away known as Shinsaibashi, known for its long, long straight stretch of covered walking street. YouMore

Micro Scooter Luggage – a TOTreview video

Micro Scooter Luggage – a TOTreview video

Part-scooter, part-luggage, all around cool – this innovative Micro Scooter Luggage was loaned to me for a trial run on my Osaka trip by White & Black Trading. Is it as convenient as made out to be? Read on!More

TOTshop Update: Japan Items Finally Up!

TOTshop Update: Japan Items Finally Up!

Hello my Occasional Travellers, just so you know, the items I brought back from Japan are finally up in store!   From Umeda: Trunk Notebook + Notebook Cover I came across these lovely notebooks in a store at the Umeda Train Station (see me carrying stuff at the Umeda Sky Garden? The books are inMore

Ohayo Osaka! Kaiyukan Aquarium and Floating Garden Observatory

Ohayo Osaka! Kaiyukan Aquarium and Floating Garden Observatory

We’ve gone to Nara, and to Kyoto and even to more out of the way places like Awaji… finally we’re talking about Osaka itself! On the first and last days of our trip, we spent our time roaming the general Osaka City region. Here are 2 of the main highlights in Osaka:   Osaka AquariumMore