Nagasaki is a cool city. It has a lot of character, probably due to its history of being a trading port. It was freezing when we were there and we stayed in a very old traditional Ryokan and there was 2 little rooms in it only one of which had a heater which was off all day so when you got home it was FREEZING! The bathroom was furthest away from the heater and was made of stone – need I say more.

However, this city rocks and I was always looking forward to seeing Nagasaki’s china town. It isn’t as big as the china town in Yokohama but it is still good. We were lucky enough to be there during the lantern festival.

you can’t beat that street name

It was very difficult to get the photograph above but if you look closely those are all pig heads – WEIRD!

The place was full of lanterns and it looked particularly great at night.

The chinese shrines in Yokohama’s china town are very colourful and very ornate, the ones in Nagasaki are very different, they are very old and feel very atmospheric and characterful.

In some of the photos you can see the snow in the air, it really really really was cold!

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I have never been to Holland, I would love to see it one day and I have a feeling that I would really like it. Growing up in South Africa that had a lot of influence from the Dutch may be part of it as well as all the great photographs I see of it on Instagram. I have to admit though that I don’t remember ever meeting anyone that said that they had been and didn’t like it. I gotta get there one day, it’s just a little far from here.

In Japan though you can go to Huis Ten Bosch which is a Dutch themed fun park and it really looks like what I imagine Holland to look it. It is a really cool like place, and I am not one that really likes fun parks that much so it means a lot coming from me lol.

They also had chocolate fondues which myself and my little dude sat and stuffed our faces with. Yum!

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I do I really do! I love Mt. Fuji, there is something so special about it and watching it at sunset and then again at sunrise is amazing, even if it was -6 degrees celsius!

fuji sunrise

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The kids are back at school which means I get a few hours once a week where I can go and play with the camera. As soon as they went back I headed off to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa which is one of my favourites, its not just the shrine that I like but the roads around it. This shrine is never quiet but it has oodles of atmosphere. I rarely go on the weekends as it is just too crowded.

 

 

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I have heard this thing called the golden carrot too but the golden poo just stuck with me. Taken from a bridge in Asakusa. You wouldn’t know from the gorgeous blue sky that it is in fact winter and cold. I love winter in Japan you get a lot of clear blue sky days and although it can be seriously cold its not humid.

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O’daiba is one of those places in Tokyo that actually feels like it has space to breath.

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