Good Reads in Japan

Steph’s Choice: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

For anyone who likes a good murder mystery, this book is a must. Keigo Higashino is like the Steig Larson of Japan and has a huge cult following. I literally flew through this book in two days and really enjoyed it. Even though it was set in Tokyo, I can’t say it taught me much about the country beyond a few names for Japanese household appliances. Still, its a great read and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I will definitely read a few more of Higashino’s books.  Continue reading

Toddling in Tokyo

Seeing the biggest city in the world in two days with a toddler is no easy challenge! Because we were short on time, and Sami was bed ridden with a sore knee, I decided we would make our Tokyo trip more for Nu rather than running around trying to see all the sites.

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Nouri sur un Velo à Kyoto

When we arrived in Kyoto we knew right away that we were going to have a very different experience than we had in Osaka. The streets here are dotted with temples, gardens and shrines, and it’s rare to see a building over five stories. This place is very tranquil, and being the old imperial capital, is very rich in history. Continue reading

Namba Nights

Japan has given us no shortage of things to blog about. We knew Japan would be like nothing we had ever experienced before but this place has been beyond our weirdest expectations. Our first stop was Osaka, where we stayed in a neighbourhood called Namba, in an area known as Nipponbashi. We had a great apartment that was much bigger than what we thought we would have in Japan, having heard about the success of capsule hotels in this country. You can check it out here. Continue reading