Category Archives: Shizuoka

Outrunning those damn leeches

I am not fond of leeches. I am yet to work out how they add to the ecological values of our planet. Call me paranoid if you like. At home in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, I … Continue reading

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Quiet and beautiful Heda in Izu

As long as I can can get there by public transport I will give it a go. Being based at Mishima for 4 days, the Izu Peninsula looked accessible. Even better, I could do a loop from Mishima to Shuzenji … Continue reading

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Controversial and nerdy: Esuno-ya in Mishima

Careful readers might note that the Gifts and memories post related to girls in my life. What about the boys? One son has somewhat eccentric and colourful clothing tastes, and the other is most happy with new and used soccer … Continue reading

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Gifts and memories

Bringing back momentos and presents from Japan is something I make some effort to do. Its not just about the item itself, its craft, or its price, it is just as much about the story of its purchase. Relevance and … Continue reading

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Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art

In 2012 I saw an exhibition of Hiroshige Utagawa’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido prints in Sydney and was amazed at the vibrant colours and detailed depictions of rural Japan life around 1830. Museums and galleries around the world proudly … Continue reading

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On your bike

You can get a good sense of the real Japan by gently rolling through lanes and streets on a bike. A leisurely pace, often with a tide of fellow riders. Apart from looking a little bit different, who is to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Looking out to the beauty of the sea from a beach, a rocky outcrop or seat is a fantastic experience. But that sea can inflict devastation and horror. Suruga Bay, like many parts of Japan’s coasts, are protected from tsunamis … Continue reading

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A (small) room for all occasions

I glumly posted some time ago about giving up on Youth Hostel accommodation. I felt more and more uncomfortable as a single 50+ traveler, appearing as if my T-shirt slogan was “Uncle Tony the chaperone”. Small rooms, too many hip … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Not human or animal. Built. The trusty, reliable and ever present business hotel is a welcome partner. Close to transport, wi-fi for planning the next day. Good breakfast. Just the go for those days traveling around Japan without partner, brother … Continue reading

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Needing a hot bath

Believe it or not, it was my fourth trip to Japan before I drew up the courage to try out an Onsen. Weird hey? Particularly as I write effusively about the cultural experiences of visiting Japan. Some of that reluctance … Continue reading

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Stand up for the view

I congratulate Japan’s City and local governments for the number of public toilets around their towns. To the new traveller, you could easily think privacy comes second to accessibility and airiness. Urinals and cubicles in full view of the passing … Continue reading

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Drawn in by Mt Fuji

Leave work at Lidcombe at 5.00pm, go to the airport for the 8.30pm overnight Qantas flight from Sydney to Tokyo (Narita). This is a convenient way to get to Japan. Sure it is not the cheapest way to get there, … Continue reading

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Evolving travel experience

I have just completed 10 weeks of  Japanese language lessons. Even though the course was at ‘starter’ level (simpler than Introductory!) I have to say I struggled to retain too much. And the final assessment conversation? Well, lets just say … Continue reading

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Overloading the senses before getting down to eating

There is a moment of hesitation when the hostel staff recommend a place to eat. What sort of contra deal has been negotiated? Does the guy’s brother run the place? Some 4 months later, I can get around to writing … Continue reading

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Ito port and great sashimi

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Sunday 13th May, 2012 On the recommendation of the great staff at K’s House Ito Onsen, the fungry travelers followed the directions to the Tokuzo-maru restaurant: – go up the road, turn left at the JR Ito Station, first street … Continue reading

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