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….

Rise as one – Introducing the Sunwolves

I’m delighted to see scrum half, Fumiaki Tanaka, will be playing for the Sunwolves in 2017. A player with tremendous skill and quality, Tanaka’s skill at number 9 soon ensure he was breaking the record books, becoming the first ethic Japanese player to sign a Super Rugby contract when he was named in the Highlanders 2013 squad. Instrumental…

Mouth watering street food in Japan

When out and about  in Japan one thing that I need to consider is eating out. As a kidney transplant patient, who is also diabetic, I  have to make sure I don’t  overdose  on carbs too much and avoid certain foods. Going to a restaurant often involves scanning the menu in-depth . Searching on YouTube…

It’s Sumo time

One of the aims of the trip to the Japan Rugby World Cup is to immerse myself in Japanese culture, including theatre, music and traditional sports like Sumo. We all have a impression that Sumo is really a sport that is steep in tradition, never changing in hundreds of years, however you’d be surprised to…

Japan set to play Romania, Ireland & Australia

Japan are set to have some challenging matches in 2017, which see’s Romania being their first opposition on June 10, followed by two tests with Ireland on June 17 and 24. As many would expect, Jamie Joseph, the Japan RFU manager, expects the Romanian match to be physical. “None of the coaching staff and many of…

Japan and their KFC love affair at Christmas!

The BBC released a fantastic article about the Japanese love affair with KFC at Christmas. Although I’d heard about it before, I thought it was some urban myth….boy was I wrong. December is a busy month for KFC in Japan – daily sales at some restaurants during the Christmas period can be 10 times their…

2017 – what’s expected for Japan & the Brave Blossoms

Happy New Year everyone. 2016 has been a year that will probably go down in the history books as one of change, both on and off the field. From the heady heights of 2015 seeing Japan beating South Africa , 2016 has seen Japan finish the year as 11th seed in the world, with a tough…

Eddie Jones reviews where Japan needs to head

Excellent article from http://www.asahi.com/ with Eddie Jones, England Manager reviewing his England success, Japan’s national team and culture. Looking at the success he’s had with England and what now needs to happen with Japan, Jones once again displayed his finger on the pulse of world rugby. Eddie Jones was asked what does Japan have to do in…

What are the core aims of my trip to Japan…

The trip to Japan will take about 8 days, with an expected stay in Japan lasting around 4 weeks. During my journey I hope to achieve 3 core aims…. Aims of the trip Sharing knowledge While in Japan I want to visit kidney and diabetic patients, to promote closer relationships with patients from the UK…