Castles and cold noodles – a weekend in Matsumoto!


I’ve always loved the architecture of Japanese castles – the contrast between their simplicity and magnificence. So naturally, from the moment I set foot in Japan I couldn’t wait to visit a castle or two. And a trip to Matsumoto quickly made it to the top of my destination list.

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Tokyo Tuesday – Tokyo’s top five spots for brunch


The brunch concept has hit Tokyo in a big way.  There are so many different places to try and it’s not uncommon to see a queue around the block for the latest pancake hotspot! We tried out more than our fair share of brunch destinations while we lived in Tokyo…and these five always had me coming back. While the list may need updating to take into account the new spots which are always opening, in my opinion these classics will always deserve a visit.

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