Japan culture, art and society captured by BBC4 Japan season

If you have had the chance to watch BBC4 and their Japan season you’d have enjoyed a rich variety of documentaries profiling the soul of Japan, its culture, arts and society. From watching detailed work involved in making a traditional Kimono, the impact of the Shinto religion on this mystical country, Samurai swords, great artwork…

Japan taste defeat at the hands of Ireland

To prepare for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 Japan have to take the long and difficult road against tough opposition and this month Ireland came knocking to take on the Brave Blossoms. With a weakened squad, Ireland would still be tough competition for Japan, who hoped to ensure the result would cause a stir…

24 hours in Moscow

My trip to Japan in 2019 will involve a number of capital cities, including travelling from rural Norfolk to London, onto Brussels, then up to Moscow, where I intend to catch the Trans Siberian Express. Moscow conjures up the Kremlin, the USSR, Vodka bars and New Years Eve in -20 degrees. So I’ve being doing my research…

What does it mean to be a Lion?

  When an International player retires, you often see the press comment about the players achievements, their domestic record,  how many international caps they received, the world cups they played in..but for a few, a very lucky few, the words “British and Irish Lion” is mentioned and that title simply sums up that player. To…

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…

A rugby legend who inspired a generation

As this is a dedicated travel, food and rugby blog, it’s with a heavy heart today I learnt one of my idols, Joost van der Westhuizen, the former South Africa captain, has died aged 45 after a seven-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND). In my opinion and that of millions of rugby fans, Van der…

Japan Rugby Top League 2016-2017 Awards

In the fourteenth season of Top League, Suntory dominated the Best XV for the 2016-17 season filling six places while Yamaha and Panasonic had three spots each. Ricoh, Kobe and Kubota had one each. There were nine players making the Best XV for the first time, following on from seven debutants last year. Panasonic loosehead…

Fed up of boring pack lunches…explore Bento

One of the reasons I fell in love with Japan was a programme I saw on “Bento” via NHK TV. The documentary simply visited workplaces in Japan and asked the staff to show them their lunch boxes or as they say in Japan, their Bento box. What’s Bento? Bento is a single-portion home-packed meal, which…

Forget World Cup heroics, says Japan rugby coach

That’s the title from the Daily Mail interview with Jamie Joseph, Japan coach…and I guess he’s right. As much as I loved seeing Japan take on and win against South Africa in 2015, we are now in 2017…it’s time to move on. Like many England fans we talk about the glorious 2003 RWC final in…

Ever wanted to learn Japanese?

ted to For my trip to Japan in 2019 I’ve decided to try and learn basic Japanese, just enough to get me by in case I need help.I can speak basic French, but asking the way to the hospital or rugby ground in Japanese would be too much for me at the moment..so where to start….