Lions need to answer the call from Crusaders

The countdown has begun for the Lions to show true grit and step up against Crusaders. After two indifferent matches, British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is set to pick a lineup below test strength for Saturday’s match with the Crusaders at Christchurch. Gatland has been quoted in saying he would give all 41…

Time to try Tonkatsu

I intend to spend 4 weeks in Japan for my trip in 2019, which means I have to explore Japanese food more, otherwise I’m going to be very hungry when I arrive in Japan. I’m a fussy eater, so I’ve therefore challenged myself to make one Japanese dish each week, will not only expand my…

Richie McCaw in Japan inspiring the next generation

If you are involved in rugby, you will know rugby has a distinct set of values that shine out on and off the pitch. All Blacks legend Richie McCaw certainly lives and breathes those values. McCaw is currently on a four-day charity tour of Japan on Friday and vowed to bring a smile to the…

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…

10 foods from Japan which should be on your menu

As a Englishman, I’m love Roast Beef, spuds and all the trimmings, followed by apple pie with custard..that’s a good as it gets in England. However with the trip to Japan coming up in 2019, I’m going to have to broaden my horizons and my taste buds. Therefore I’ve picked ten dishes to seek out…

Why my Mum and a lucky kidney transplant drives me on….

So in this blog I cover my plans for my trip, my love of rugby  and Japan, but I  have never shared what spurs me on to do this trip..and that’s namely my health and my Mum. Growing up in Norfolk my early years were basically one of running in fields, exploring the countryside, messing…

Japan capture the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship

Japan captured the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship today after a 16- 0 win over Hong Kong. Not only was it the Brave Blossoms day of victory, but it’s also their 25th title out of a possible 30 and their 10th straight since it became an annual tournament. However critics watching the match have commented that…

Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 The draw!

So the pools have been announced and personally I’m very happy with the draw from an England perspective. Group of Death? Pah, say that to Italy, who have to face New Zealand and South Africa. Of cause France and Argentina will be tough competition for England, however they are teams we have an excellent history…

How will the Japan Rugby World Cup draw work?

So, its only days away till the draw for the Rugby World Cup draw takes place…so here’s everything you need to know. When and where is the draw? The RWC 2019 pool draw will take place on May 10, 2017, in Kyoto’s State Guest House. Who will be in the draw? Twelve of the 20 participating…

Japan blitz Korea 47-29 in Asian Championship

Japan began the defence of their Asia Rugby Championship title with a seven-try win over Korea, the World Rugby website reported.  Japan outscored hosts Korea seven tries to five to open their Asia Rugby Championship defence with an entertaining 47-29 win in Incheon. Ryoto Nakamura, Kazuhito Usami and Ryuji Noguchi bagged a brace of tries apiece…

Japan preparing for Korean (rugby) showdown

Whilst Donald Trump might be trying to work out what to do with North Korea, Japan and their coach Jamie Joseph are planning a very different Korean showdown as the plans for this year’s Asian rugby championship take shape.

New hope for flying phobes!

Good news for anyone who is scared (i.e me!) of travelling by plane… they’re looking to expand the Trans-Siberian railway, which would mean that it’s possible to travel entirely by train from London to Tokyo. The changes would see the route bypassing Vladivostok, currently the final stop on the Trans-Siberian route, with a four-mile bridge…

Improving Sunwolves meet a Royal rumble

The Sunwolves put in a much-improved performance on Saturday but it still proved too little against the Southern Kings of South Africa with the visitors winning 37-23 in Singapore. The Kings scored four tries to the Sunwolves’ three, but it was the kicking and general dominant play of the Kings’ No. 10 Lionel Cronje that…

Cool Japan…a spotlight on Japan

If you have ever watched NHK Television, then one show always stands out…”Cool Japan”. Hosted by Kokami Shoji and Risa Stegmayer, the show invites foreigners to visit and experience Japan and see what’s cool about Japan. From attractions, fashion, technology, culture, the show covers a variety of topics and always shows the unique differences and…

Street photography while in Japan

When I visit Japan I intend to document my journey across Russia and China, holding up a light to travellers on one of the worlds longest railway journeys. Once in Japan I’m then looking forward to immersing myself in capturing the cultural and technological clashes in Japan, the old and the new, and how people,…

Food on the Trans Siberian Express

As you would of seen in my last few posts, food and what to eat on my journey has been a major concern..that’s until I came across another wonderful blog from a couple of Americans who recently travelled on the Trans Siberian Express. What has now inspired me is knowing as the train travells through…