Postcards from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan Neon lights, green tea kit kats, manga, girl groups with 30-or-so members, Pokemon, Ghibli and of course temples. Tokyo is vivid, chaotic and exciting. In Japan, modern and traditional values co-exist and nowhere exemplifies this more than Tokyo. An Imperial Palace surrounded by skyscrapers. The bustling fashion-centric streets of Harajuku just 5 mins walk away from Meiji shrine. It offers the very best of both worlds. I returned to Tokyo for 3 and a half … More Postcards from Tokyo

Postcards from Jeju

  Jeju Island The ‘Hawaii’ of Korea. Jeju Island is distinctly different to the mainland. This goes beyond the obvious differences like the palm trees, beaches and volcanoes. The place just seems well…more relaxed. It’s no wonder why its a popular honeymoon destination. I visited Jeju over Chuseok, one of the busiest holidays in the calender. Because … More Postcards from Jeju

Postcards from Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan There are many who become fascinated with Japan, whether its through music, fashion, anime, or the language. Japan retains a distinct cultural identity, a vibrancy in which tradition and modernity co-exist. Since first visiting Korea back in 2005, Japan was top of my bucket list. It was a dream to see it and in 2012 I visited with my good friend from home, Binks. In … More Postcards from Kyoto

Postcards from Gyeongju

Gyeongju, Korea Gyeongju: the old capital. When in search of a more traditional Korea, Gyeongju is clearly the place to be. It’s a temple hoppers dream, cycling about gleefully from sight to sight. Having now lived in Korea for 9 months and having visited Japan and China, I understand that it is possible to get ‘templed out.’ However, Gyeongju has a historic … More Postcards from Gyeongju