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Where am I? No, really. Where?

How the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in became my all-time favourite place
Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the dump
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Tokyo: Culture hopping the city’s best contemporary art galleries

Tokyo’s modern art scene can be tricky to uncover if you don’t know where to look. Not every gallery has a giant spider to point the way, so here are four cutting-edge galleries to get you started on the city’s art trail Continue reading “Tokyo: Culture hopping the city’s best contemporary art galleries”

Naoshima and beyond: Japan’s incredibly cool art islands

If you could only visit one more overseas destination in your lifetime, where would it be? For me, it would be the Setouchi Islands in the Seto Inland Sea. There, three innovative contemporary art sites hide amid some of the prettiest scenery in Japan

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Japan: The best little 1950s diner outside the USA

Shioya Diner in Naoshima has retro decor and a menu packed with burgers, barbecue, chilli dogs, tacos and root beer (it also has the friendliest service you’ll encounter)

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Ogimi Village: Oh, to grow old in Okinawa – where longevity is likely

Find out why this rural village in Japan has such a high population of elderly citizens (and hope you are as happy and healthy as these folks are in your old age!)

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Okinawa: Learn martial arts in the birthplace of karate

Many travellers to the Japanese islands of Okinawa are attracted to the coastal lifestyle, the culture and a cuisine influenced more by China and South-East Asia than mainland Japan. But there is another kind of traveller to the region, who comes specifically to study the region’s unique martial arts heritage

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