Japan 2016, Fireworks in Wakayama

A good day today as we hunted down a firework event not far from Takeshi’s family in Wakayama. A short train ride away from home, there were reasonable crowds and lot of people dressed up for the occasion in yukata’s. As usual there was a lot of food and game stalls which is always great …

Japan 2016, Downtown Osaka

Again just a few photos as our days in Japan at times were filled with a LOT of errands and preparation for a big family event. It was rather cool being in this area as the last time we were here Osaka’s tallest building was still under construction so now we were able to see …

Japan 2016, Countryside Osaka

One thing I enjoy about visiting Osaka is Takeshi’s family lives further out of the city in the country side. It’s a bit of train trip to get into the city centre but it’s very relaxing and quiet out in the country side.

Japan 2016, Gion Matsuri

After a short stay in Tokyo it was time to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto in preparation for attending Gion Matsuri. Of course, we had to pick up a bit of lunch at Tokyo Station to take onto the train with us. Once we arrived in Kyoto we had a bit of time to wander …

Japan 2016, A Day in Tokyo

Back in Japan! We flew into Tokyo and had a very short overnight stay in the city before heading to Kyoto via the bullet train the next day. As we landed early in the morning we had a bit of time to roam around and check out a few things. We walked around the Asakusa …

Fiji 2016, Wrap Up

Overall what we did: 5 days split into: 2.5 days in Nadi and 2.5 days in Drawaqa Island from 4 June 2016 to 8 June 2016 Favourite part of Fiji: The beautiful weather and friendly people Key tip: No particular tips other than smile! Cultural points: Fijian time: Don’t expect everything to be on time. …

Fiji 2016, Last Day in Fiji

Last day in Fiji before flying home! Another quiet day, we caught the local bus from our accommodation and headed into town to see if we could find some gifts. The open air bus was a nice ride and for a Fijian dollar a very cheap way to also get to the airport. Would highly …

Fiji 2016, Final day in the Yasawas

Last day in the Yasawa Islands! Rather sad to go as it had only been a short stay, and there would be a bit of a transit to get back to Nadi. We caught the shuttle ferry out of the island around 12pm and eventually got back late at night – it was a long …