The Secrets of the Sakura, 23/5/24

The Secrets of the Sakura, 23/5/24

Location: Kyushu Week: 12 Days Travelled: 78 Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are one of the most famous sights in a country spoilt for natural beauty. Not only is their opening emblematic of the close of winter – which in much of Japan is long, cold affair –...
The Koi Return, 5/4/24

The Koi Return, 5/4/24

Location: Hida Week: 9 Days Travelled: 68 Throughout central Japan, there are many signs of winter relinquishing its cold grip to spring. Snow melting to reveal dormant grasses, flowers emerging from bulbs under the earth and of course the famed sakura (cherry...
The Pause Between Exhale and Inhale, 11/4/24

The Pause Between Exhale and Inhale, 11/4/24

Location: Takayama Week: 5 Days Travelled: 35 There are many links between breath and existence in the teachings of Yoga and Zen. The simplest is this: Inhale = Birth Exhale = Death We all take our first inhale the moment we are born, we all die on an exhale. In the...
Old and New; Like Spring 22/3/24

Old and New; Like Spring 22/3/24

Location: Kyoto Week: 3 Days Travelled: 15 We traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto, via a few days in Mt Fuji. Fuji-san holds a great significance in Japanese folklore and tradition, previously seen as both a benevolent goddess and sleeping monster. These days, the Japanese...
Tales from Tokyo, 11/3/24

Tales from Tokyo, 11/3/24

Location: Tokyo Week: 1 Days Travelled: 4 We arrived in Tokyo as the first stop on our worldwide journey. It was certainly a challenge for 6 of us (my mum, her new husband Les, my brother Louis, his partner Luisa, Liv and myself) to navigate 6pm Tokyo rush hour with...
Leaving Melbourne, 7/3/25

Leaving Melbourne, 7/3/25

Location: Melbourne Week: 0 Days Travelled: -1 There are certain conversations you anticipate when people discover you are going traveling for close to a year. “Where are you going?” “Where are you most excited for?” Others, perhaps naively, took me by surprise. One...