A Day in Hakone

Last week I had a chance to really get out of the house and see a region not too far away from Tokyo famous for hot springs, mountains, a great view of Mount Fuji and a choice of different kinds of transport to take you about the place. Hakone is not only very popular with …

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Sunday Spotlight – York

No, I’m not writing today about the gateway to America with its skyscrapers and musicals, but the city that it was named after. Well, after ‘New Amsterdam’ was changed to ‘New York’. York is a really great town to visit in the north of England, filled with cobblestone streets and Tudor-period buildings. If you’re making …

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Japan Survival Guide Point 5 – The Classroom (Part One)

This week on my Japan Survival Guide I am going to approach a topic that is specifically for those aiming to come here and work as an English Teacher. August is fast approaching, and the new JETs all begin in August. You’d have already applied and probably know if you made by now if you …

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World Journeys Podcast Episode 2 [living in Japan]

Today’s podcast continues with our look at living in Japan as a foreigner and today’s guest is the charismatic Dean H. Rueztler, a veteran here in teaching English. Dean talks about his time living in Japan, the things that annoy him about Japan, and the things he loves – especially snow sports. We also talk …

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My favourite Buckets, or my travel bucket list.

Ok, I started a post about my bucket list, I was approaching it very straight down the line, but you know, I’m the sort of person that when I see someone post something that many people have posted, I think ‘not another ‘yada yada yada’. And that’s how I feel about bucket lists. Look, I’ll …

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Sunday Spotlight : Bukhara

Hello! And welcome to the Sunday Spotlight. Each Sunday I aim to provide a post about somewhere in the world I’ve visited that is pretty darned awesome, in my opinion at least. I hope this Easter everyone is safe and enjoying a relaxing weekend with their families and friends. As for me, well, I am …

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Japan Survival Guide Point 4 – Food and grocery shopping.

So, you’re coming to live in Japan. You’re going to teach English probably, and you’ll have your own apartment and quite often you’ll be cooking for yourself. What’s that like? What is Japanese food like and what are my choices when I eat out? These are all important questions. Let’s start with self-catering and seamlessly …

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An Evening in Shinagawa

If Shibuya is Tokyo being pretty darned trendy, Shinagawa is Tokyo perhaps getting down to business. Well, my wife told me it was a business district, although to me there seemed to be a few hotels and restaurants there. It features the most impressive, in my opinion, of Tokyo’s stations. There’s a big arched roof …

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World Journeys Podcast Episode One! [living in Japan]

Howdy all! Yes, it has finally arrived! The World Journeys Podcast! I, your humble host, Andrew Boland, will be interviewing and chatting with a number of people this year about travel-related topics, the best of countries, the worst of countries, backpacking, taking a show overseas, the experience of living in another country and so much …

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