girl v. Japan

Japan is a thrilling assault on all your senses. It is beautiful. An amalgamation of deep tradition and neon-fuelled modernity. It’s robotic toilets with heated seats. It’s fresh food. Bowls of rice. Sushi made from fish that morning. It’s deer, temples, Buddhism and incense that crawls up through your nostrils and whisks you away to tops of mountains.
Tokyo is like Bangkok and London combined, on crack. It courses through your veins and makes you gasp for air while you stagger to take in your surroundings. The neon lights towering above, the fashion, the cabs and the sweet scent of BBQ sizzling on street corners.
I stayed up late wandering around Shinjuku, climbed mountains to Buddhist retreats, ate sushi in the world’s biggest fish market, shopped in Ginza, fed deer in Nara and chilled with snow monkeys in hot springs in Jigokundi (that’s Hell’s Valley to me and you). I was sombre in Hiroshima and galvanised by Miyajima. I ate Kobe beef BBQ in Kobe and blended in with the locals. But mostly, I was inspired.
And I am so excited to be relocating (temporarily) to Tokyo in 2013 for work.






  1. Anonymous · August 22, 2012

    What is it you do for a job?? So jealous you get to live in London AND relocate to Tokyo for work!!

  2. Ella Ivey · August 22, 2012

    Amazing! I've always wanted to go to Japan. It's on my to-do list.

  3. Juicy Satsuma · August 22, 2012

    So jealous! I am obsessed with Japan (old and new) and would love to live there some day! x

  4. Melanie · August 26, 2012

    It is amazing! I don't think I could live there forever, but I'm excited to try it out for a while!

  5. Melanie · August 26, 2012

    It's expensive, just a bit more than London prices… but DEFINITELY worth it for the experience!

  6. Melanie · August 26, 2012

    I work for an international fashion brand so I am very lucky!

  7. Bart Harris · September 4, 2012

    Sounds fantastic. I had my flight booked last year but then the tsunami happened.

    This has helped to rekindle my plans to go next year.

  8. Bart Harris · September 4, 2012

    Looks and sounds fantastic. I was all booked and ready to go last year and then the tsunami happened.

    This has helped rekindle my plans to go next year.

  9. Princess Naheeda · September 24, 2012

    Wow – Japan looks amazing! I really hope to go there one day, better sooner rather than later! Such great photos x

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