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…

Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice & greens

  During the Christmas period I tried out a few more Japanese recipes including this deliclious one I got from the BBC. Have a go, as it was easy to do, once I got all of the ingredients. The ingredients 2 shallots 1 carrot, cut into chunks 500g boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into chunks…

Tofu Pancakes are a must-have in our house every Saturday

We love pancakes in our home, so this has become a firm family treat on a Sunday. Try it out for yourself and see if you agree. The ingredients • 150g tofu • 1 egg white • 50g strong flour • 1g baking powder • vanilla essence • sugar Method In a bowl whisk the…

Have you tried Sesame beef wraps?

Looking for a Asian inspired treat? I tried cooking these for my family and they loved them…simple, easy and fresh. Good luck! The ingredients 1 tsp vegetable oil 175g beef steak, cut into thin strips 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2cm piece fresh root ginger, thinly sliced and cut into…

The ticket ballot has opened!

So, the time has come… Time to step up and put my hat into the ring… It’s ballot time… …and I’ve put in for my England bundle tickets! Early this morning I sat down, logged onto the rugby world cup ticketing site  and took the decision to put my down in the ballot for all…

Ren and G are set to welcome me in Japan

Every major sporting event has to have a mascot, with football possibly being the most recognisable, however rugby is hitting back with the launch of Ren and G for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Even though I wasn’t born in 1966, I’m very familiar with the iconic World Cup Willie, the 12th man for the …

Henn Na Hotel In Chiba, where robots are hotel staff !?

Robots are hotel staff !? Henn na Hotel-Maihama Tokyo Bay, is a might just give you a telescope into the future. At first glance, this appears to be like any other hotel. But inside there are a total of one hundred and forty robots (nine different varieties) working as hotel staff, garnering this hotel widespread public…

Tatsuya Tanaka Builds Tiny Worlds in his Daily Miniature Calendar Photo Project

Since April 2011, Japan based art director and photographer Tatsuya Tanaka’s imagination has built a magnificent number of miniature worlds. Through the artist’s clever lens, everyday activities like construction work, walking the dog, getting a parking ticket, and plowing through a blizzard become delight-inducing scenarios. Tanaka also plays with pop culture references, building staple skyscrapers…

I’m not the only one mad enough to attempt the trip!

Over Christmas I read the amazing story of Ed Miller, a teacher from the UK, who decided after surviving cancer he would travel to Australia to watch the Ashes, however he would take the tough route. No flights would be included in his epic trip, just road, boat and train…just like me. A treacherous trek…

The rugby world owe a debt to Samoa

Its been recently reported that Samoa rugby is bankrupt… What a sad state of affairs for the world of rugby to see this proud rugby nation struggling financially, when its offered so much to the rugby world. I’m from a generation that remember the impact (Western) Samoa had at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. They made…

Help sponsor me for my trip to Japan in 2019

In my blog I talk about many things from Japan, Russia and Norfolk to  rugby, food and culture….but why? For me, its hope, for young kidney patients its inspiration.  This blog is my way of sharing my plans to visit Japan in 2019, which will incorporate meeting kidney patients in Japan, sharing their story and…

The Japan Rugby Blog 2017 rugby awards

So over the Christmas period we have sat down to work out the following shortlists and winners of our inagural Japan Rugby Blog 2017 awards. If you don’tagree witht the winners, them please leave your comments below and pick your winners. Best match featuring Japan in 2017 Shortlist… France vs Japan Japan vs Tonga Japan…

Could Roberts be Japan bound?

Wales and Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts is considering a move to Japan at the end of the season. As a Quins fan, I’ve loved seeing Roberts play, however felt his impact has been somewhat limited in the current structure. With John Kingston looking reluctant to resign a player at the age of 31, Roberts possible move to…

Happy Christmas…

So, as I look back on 2017 and prepare for my Christmas lunch, I feel the year has been a vintage one with hint slight frustrations. You can never have a perfect year, but it wasn’t far off.  What was so vintage? Well, in 2017 I watched a England team put in some fantastic performances…

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…