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Trying Sushi for the First Time

Trying Sushi for the First Time

Before I went to Japan, I’d never actually had sushi, as mentioned before I wasn’t exactly a fan of uncooked food. I am so British I’d burn my toast just to make sure it was cooked all the way through, but my cousin had caught me off guard, we were both rather tipsy after our trip to the beer factory, and that is where we pick up our story, of our two faithful heroes. “It’s this way.” I don’t know…

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How to use the ICOCA Card in Japan

How to use the ICOCA Card in Japan

Now, long-term readers will know I am a great fan of picking up these rechargeable cards, they’re great if you’re going to spend more than a couple of days in one place, as I was spending three and a half weeks in Osaka, I decided to pick up an ICOCA Card. Where can I buy the ICOCA Card? These cards are available from cardĀ vending machinesĀ at most train stations, though at Kansai Airport I was only able to buy it from…

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Getting a bit tipsy at a Japanese Beer Factory

Getting a bit tipsy at a Japanese Beer Factory

When my cousin suggested another day trip, I quickly had flashbacks to our excursion to the maid’s cafe, though he assured me this would be more educational, a trip to a Japanese beer factory. Now, to be honest, I am not exactly beer’s biggest fan, I think it tastes more like rat pee than anything drinkable. ‘How do I know what rat pee taste like?‘ I’ve had the misfortune of drinking the tap water in Northern France, let me assure…

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Bewildered in Universal Studios Japan

Bewildered in Universal Studios Japan

‘What do you think of Universal Studios?’ My cousin started, innocuously enough. “To be honest, I don’t really think of Universal Studios at all.” Which is true, I mainly just think of pPizza. Which for frequent readers of this blog, will not be surprising. I am not exactly the biggest movie buff, I think I once saw the first Harry Potter, when I was around eleven and thought it was incredibly unrealistic. Nevertheless trying new things is what makes travel…

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Mugged by a Monkey in Japan

Mugged by a Monkey in Japan

Animals don’t like me, it’s as simple as that. Dogs bark at me. Cats scratch me. Cheetah’s chase me, and grasshoppers use me as their own personal launchpad. So, I shouldn’t really have been surprised when this monkey took a rather vicious disliking to my presence. Like most stories in Japan, this one started early in one of those numerous seven-elevens, where they can microwave a full three course meal in less than ninety seconds. Delicious. I had a complete…

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