Sweaty Kilts, dried sharks and a Japanese wedding at Izumo Taisha, Shimane

It’s Wedding day for Ryan and Keiko, and it seemed a little jet-lag had crept in. I was up around 11am, kicked out of bed by richard as he’d been up since 7am due to the time difference. I was feeling pretty rough but Ang offered to take us along Hinomisaki cape to see the lighthouse and the views so couldn’t really refuse! It was worth the trip though, and the tiredness melted away as we... read more

Jiminy Cricket the soprano and a semi: Shrines and bugs in Izumo, Japan

Cycling around Izumo on a pair of borrowed bikes (one classic granny bike, big cow-horn handlebars’n all – one totally broken mountain bike, wheels threatening to detach from the frame at any second) I noticed how great an idea it is to get yourself on two wheels in Japan. Bikers and walkers share the pavements, so there’s no traffic stresses at all, and the place is pretty flat so you... read more