Gunkanjima – Abandoned Japanese Island

Hashima Island, also nicknamed Gunkanjima or ‘Battleship Island’, is one of the many uninhabited islands in Japan. It is an old coal mine facility and used to be inhabited by around 5000 workers and families from the 1880’s.… Continue reading

Where were you on March 11?

Where were you when you found out Princess Di died? Where were you on 9/11? People ask these questions because they were moments when the world seemed to stop. Everyone knew what was… Continue reading

Traditional Japanese Wedding Ceremonies

This is a beautiful story.  It is very rare these days for a Japanese couple to get married in a traditional Japanese ceremony. Many opt for the Western ceremony which I find really… Continue reading

My haiku attempt…

    The snow falls quickly, trying to catch the river. Water is frozen.  

The Simpsons pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

This is one of the greatest video clips I have ever seen in my life. If you are a lover of both The Simpsons and Hayao Miyazaki films, you will probably agree. In… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

This is Rocco.  Rocco, a Japanese Akita Inu, wasn’t just a pet and he made that very clear. He liked to sleep on the bed, and when he did, he took up the… Continue reading

Liebster Awarded!

During my blogging absence, I was kindly nominated for the Liebster Award by Vividhunter, blogger of Where Next Japan, which is a practical and beautifully photographed blog on Japan by an Australian who has been… Continue reading

Japalian is Back (with soba)!

I just wanted to make a quick post to say that I’m back to writing in Japalian again! I have been working on posts every weekend but never get enough time to actually… Continue reading