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Waterways of Osaka

Who knew that Osaka looks so much better from the water?  I revisited some old favourite places during the Silver Week holiday but saw them from a whole new angle.  And the significance of the giant rubber duck?  I have no idea; it was just floating on the river near Tenmanbashi. (more…)

Kiyosato

Wet weather, magnificent mountain scenery covered in by clouds, a terse exchange with a vacuous local who treated the foreigner like an exhibit in the zoo, and a railway signal breakdown causing an almost unheard of 2 hour train delay.  That sounds like a bad weekend, but a getaway to Kiyosato was actually not a bad escape from Tokyo. (more…)

Osaki

Sharp sculpture outside tax office next to Osaki Station, the next stop (No 7) on our Yamanote Line circuit ride. (more…)

Umi Hotaru, Sculpture Park & the mountains

A day of golf via the Umi Hotaru in the middle of Tokyo Bay, a suburban sculpture park and a day on Tanigawa-dake – a trifecta report. (more…)

Sculpture park, wine tasting, a picnic with the kookaburras and soaking in an onsen

Today’s trip took around 16 of us on a minibus to three wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, with some other assorted stops along the way.  Well done Glen for organising and being tour-guide/announcer.  Keeping with the Japanese theme, we finished at the Peninsula Hot Springs, a Japanese-style onsen next to the Moonah Links golf course at the back of Rye.  More on that below. (more…)