This Week in Kagoshima – 24 May 2022

I’m back in Kagoshima after seven months, and it feels so good! This time, I was able to see much more of the prefecture itself, and my adventures in each location would be enough to fill an episode of ‘This Week in’ by themselves, with incredible experiences, delectable food and amazing people. I have had […]

Tokyo ON #079: Touching Base

We’re touching base with our fanbase so turn up the bass and come face-to-face with Episode #079 of Tokyo ON! With concerts, festivals, sports and travel back on the schedule, it seems Japan is finally opening up again, so we take the opportunity to check back in with the sounds of the world’s greatest metropolis […]

This Week in Yakushima – 17 May 2022

This week I headed to Yakushima, an island in southern Kyushu, 135 km from Kagoshima City, famous for its mountains, ancient cedar forests and wildlife. The various ecosystems which exist at different altitudes make Yakushima unique. Each has its own vegetation and landscape which is internationally renowned. In fact, Yakushima was officially registered as Japan’s […]

This Week in Akita and Aomori – 10 May 2022

This week, I travelled around Akita and Aomori, checking out some of the amazing sites, culture, people and stories that lie at the heart of these incredible prefectures. Cape Shiosezaki is a wave-cut terrace that has protruded from the ocean somewhat. The lapilli tuff resulting from volcanic activity about 30 million years ago has been […]

This Week in Tokyo – 3 May 2022: Fourth Anniversary Celebration!

Welcome to the fourth-anniversary edition of This Week in Tokyo. That’s right, it’s been four years since we first began a weekly roundup of the Maction Planet week that was and our look ahead to what’s coming up in and beyond the World’s Greatest Metropolis.  We like celebrating anniversaries at Maction Planet. In this week’s edition, […]

This Week in Tokyo and Kyoto – 26 April 2022

A week split between Kyoto and Tokyo for me this week! This week: Shrine Strolling; Kyotographie x Irving Penn x Mac; Cindy Bissig at KG+; Bruichladdich Festival 2022; Whisky Festival 2022 in Tokyo – The Movie. Featured image – Shrine Strolling: The cherry blossoms of Heian Jingu were featured in last week’s ‘This Week in […]

This Week in Kyoto – 19 April 2022

Konnichiwa from Kyoto! This week, I’ve been mostly enjoying the Cherry Blossoms in Japan’s former capital. What’s that you say? Cherry Blossom season is over? Check out these photos and decide for yourself. The association between Cherry Blossom season and the Somei Yoshino varietal is so strong that to many people hanami – flower viewing […]

This Week in Yoshino – 12 April 2022

This week, my Japan adventures took me to Yoshino in Nara Prefecture, one of the most spectacular Cherry Blossom viewing spots in the entire country. Yoshino is a town in Japan’s Kii Mountains, east of Osaka. It’s the gateway to Mount Yoshino, best known for its 30,000+ cherry trees which colour the mountain and surrounding […]

NEOLD Private House

I’ve visited 108 countries, and I’ve experienced all sorts of accommodation options on my travels. Sometimes, one of them affects me so much that I need to share it with the world. That’s what happened when I stayed at at NEOLD Private House in Yoshino. Tucked away in the mountains of Yoshino, NEOLD can only […]