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Exploring the Japanese Kitchen

July 12, 2012 | Food and Drink | 1 Comment

It’s an experience many of us have had…you enter your local supermarket, only to be confronted by endless shelves of strange ingredients you have no idea how to use. Whether you’re a newcomer to Japan or a veteran resident, don’t resign yourself to sticking with what you know!

Have you ever wondered what Gunma would be like had you come over a hundred years ago? A Handbook for Travelers in Japan is the 1903 version of the modern Lonely Planet travel guides and provides an interesting look at Japan at the turn of the 20th century, including several pages on Gunma.

Monkeying Around in Nagano

February 29, 2012 | Travel | No Comments

If you are like me and have a fascination with monkeys, and don’t mind climbing snowy mountains, the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Snow Monkey Onsen in Nagano is the perfect adventure for you. It’s actually one of the most exciting things I’ve done in Japan so far.

Combat the cold – Winter proof your home

December 27, 2011 | Guides | No Comments

Suffering separation anxiety when parted from your kotatsu? Sub-zero apartments and icy bike rides to school mean Gunma’s cold is already biting. Without wanting to sound like a doom-monger, the worst of the winter is yet to come! Meet the cold head-on and make your pad a hot-haven…

Let’s Fishing!

December 22, 2011 | Food and Drink | No Comments

The thought of catching your dinner before you eat might sound a bit like hard work. But for a truly unique, and crazily Japanese experience, there’s a lively restaurant where you catch it, cook it and eat it.