Amazing opportunites for companies who sponsor my trip

I intend the travel to Japan via the Trans Siberian Express with 3 core aims in my mind… – Firstly to  inspire transplant and diabetic patients both here in the UK and Japan,and show them anything as possible. As someone who has kidney and diabetes issues since the age of 25, I’ve been greatly inspired…

Dreams can come true

Sometimes you need to dream. Sometimes you experience something that totally lifts the heart and mind to another level. Sometimes…just sometimes…you just wish you could drop everything and chase that burning desire in your heart. Koji Tokumasu knows exactly what it means. However unlike most people he fully acted on his dreams and followed them…

Pepsi Christmas Cola and KFC…the perfect Japanese Christmas

As the holiday season upon us, Pepsi is looking to cash in with some limited edition beverages. Those in Japan can look forward to a new cake-flavored soda with the “Christmas Cola.” In Japan, Christmas is often celebrated with cake, traditionally covered with whipped cream and filled with strawberries. Pepsi in turned used this as…

Japan secure fantastic draw against France

Last week I stated Japan needed to set down a marker with France… I also stated when you play France you never know which team will turn up and Japan might have a serious chance of taking a sneaky draw or win… Fast forward to Saturday and both came true. What a result! Japan fought…

Time to put down a marker for 2019

Japan took great strides at the last World Cup in England, securing their first ever win over South Africa, 34-32, while winning three of their four matches, but narrowly missing out on progress to the knockout stages. Now Japan coach, Jamie Joseph feels improvements need to occur, if ranking points are dropped. Joseph recently stated “Since…

The inspiration that is Nigel Owens

To me Nigel Owens is the complete referee, the main man in charge of 30 players intent in ripping the shreds out of each other. It was only in the last few years did I realise that this quick witted genius of a referee was also a ground breaker. Owens has been an inspiration to…

Jonah Lomu…a legend on and off the field

I’ve spoken before in my blog about the impact and inspiration that Jonah Lomu had on my battle with kidney disease, dialysis and coming to terms with transplantation. Today is the 2nd anniversary of his passing and it would be wrong not to mark this occiasion without saying a few words about this giant of…

Is Dan Carter about to sign for a Japanese club?

All Blacks great Dan Carter has been tipped to sign a new contract in Japan, with Kobe Kobelco Steelers leading the pack in signing the All Black legend The former All Blacks revealed a strong desire to bring his family home once his lucrative stint at Racing Metro in France is complete next year. However French newspaper…

The Tsukuba Express just made world history

A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early. Never in the history of train travel, especially in the UK, has a train company ever had to apologise for being over punctual. If you use trains in London or East Anglia, you’d almost love a train to leave…

England will need to step up

Did you see the Engand vs Argentina match? Inspired? Thrilling?  My heartbeat barely became elevated sadly as it became very evident in the opening 10 minutes that England had come to win by kicking points early and grind out a result. I’m not suggesting everytime England play then supporters should demand an epic performance, however…

Sumo – a sport of giants

Sumo is a sport that has fascinated me since being a small child. Imagine watching two giant men, walk into a temple-esque arena, square each other up, prepare and pray for victory, then face each other only centimetres apart. Once knuckles have touched the ground, they launch themselves at each other with such great force…

18 days of travel…what books should I take?

I’m an avid book reader and would often demolish a book in a sitting. So now my trip to Japan, via  Russia and the Trans Siberian Express, is in full planning mode I’ve decided  a few things. Firslty the trip will be a chance to tick off some of those classic books I’ve never had…

What gift should you bring to a Japanese party?White strawberries?

I love exploring more about Japan, its rugby, culture and food however in this video from “Only in Japan” I came across something I hadn’t expected…the Japanese love affair with not only the Strawberry, but how they prize a particular breed…the White Strawberry. As a lover of English strawberries, especially the ones grown in my…

My weakness and passion rolled up in one

Do you have a weakness? Shoes? Burgers? A nice watch? Well my vice is rugby balls…and I’m an addict. A massive, unforgiven addict who wishes his addiction will last a lifetime. When I visit a sports shop, the first thing I do is check out the rugby balls. From the design, the grip, the overall…

Match venues confirmed for the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019

I’ve been waiting a number of months to finally find out where my trip to Japan will take me …and the news has finally arrived. Today the organisers revealed the team venues and schedule, meaning I can finally start planning my homestay locations, which world cup matches to watch and start making contact with kidney…

Japan in 2019…but who will host 2023

It’s a three horse race…or is it. France, Ireland and South Africa have now made their final pitches to host Rugby World Cup 2023. On 15 November, a winning bid will be selected by the World Rugby Council, but next week an independent body will put forth a recommendation. It will be hard for the…

Go Fund Me page launched for my trip

Sitting at home tonight, sending out letters and emails to potential funders and sponsors I thought it would be useful to start a Go Fund Me page. Not only would that page outline my mission for the trip, but also my background, what’s inspiring me to do this trip and hopefully encourage individuals to help…

Everything is now geared towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Possibly my wife would agree with the title of this blog…as my current spare time is spent with constant planning, blogging and raising funds to make the 2019 Rugby World Cup trip. However a recent interview with England head coach Eddie Jones shows the Aussie is now gearing up the England team for 2019 and…

Parling signs up for World XV vs Japan match

A World XV team will to play Japan on October 28th, with a host of tops international stars being announced for this gala match. The team, to be coached by Robbie Deans, will include players from Argentina, Australia, England, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.  Australians Sam Wykes, Berrick Barnes and Digby Ioane, will…

The Chase – Part II

Friday the 13th…a date that fills dread into the heart and souls of many people, including me. However Friday the 13th will forever take on another face to me, namely the day I was on a TV quiz show with officially the “worst contestant ever” (according to the press). As discussed in my previous blog,…

Japanese Deviled Eggs

You can’t beat an egg. Simple. Delicious. Healthy. You can argue with that. Now, give it a Japanese twist and wow…a totally different taste sensation! Have a crack at this recipe I tried last week, you won’t regret it. Ingredients 4 eggs  2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/2 a cup of mayo 2 teaspoons of Soy…

Eddie still in the driving seat… for now

With under 2 years to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the role of the next England manager is already under discussion. Eddie Jones took on the role under the clear instructions it would be only until the next world cup and Eddie, being a man of his word, will probably step…

The Chase

So, when you need to raise some cash for a massive trip and photography exhibition like the one I’m planning sometimes you need to think outside of the box. Yes, I’m still looking to sponsors to fund the trip, however I thought another way to raise the money would be to appear on a game…

Japan set to take on Tonga

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed Wednesday that the Brave Blossoms will play Tonga on November 18th at Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse, France. The union also confirmed the game the following week against France will now be played at the U Arena in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris. What a cracking pair of matches…

The ticket saga begins…

I remember it well. I took a day off work, charged my laptop and waited for the golden hour to appear. The launch of the 2015 tickets was nearly upon me and I was only minutes away. My target was 2 tickets for England vs Australia and 4 tickets for Ireland vs Italy…a weekend of…

Focus on Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City

Adjoining Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture (along with Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures) is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, which represents the home of over a quarter of Japan’s entire population. As such, easy access allows many of the area’s residents to work, study and play in Tokyo on a daily basis…classic commuter belt. And because of…

The power of rugby brings people together

I’m a great believer that rugby can help break down barriers and bring people together. From cultural, class, gender or disability, rugby accepts the player or club volunteer and brings them into the “rugby family”. When my mother died, my rugby family held me close. Feeding me at the weekend, supporting me off the pitch,…