January 2019 – Fitness Life Style

Month: January 2019

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The naked truth: a non-nudist’s guide to using a Japanese onsen

Okay, I’ll admit it, I was nervous about using a Japanese onsen. I’m not a big nudist. In fact I think the best time to be nude is when you have a lot of clothes on, and maybe a coat. So to strip off and bathe in front of a bunch of old Japanese dudes, […]

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A practical guide to cycling in Japan: things to consider before booking and what to pack

Japan is a beautiful country. With its forested mountains, rugged coastline and neon-lit streetscapes, the landscape is as varied as it is majestic. And there’s no better way to explore it than from the saddle of a bike – seeing, smelling and feeling the place without the barrier of a coach window. On a bicycle, […]

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Where to find cherry blossoms in Japan

Travelling to Japan? Try and time your visit with the cherry blossom season. Even if you’re not big on nature, this is something you’ve got to see. Be prepared to forget your camera is even in your hands as you stand entranced by the beauty of these blossoms. Watch cities disappear under canopies of colour […]

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Monk life: what to expect from your Japanese monastery stay

When I read ‘monastery stay’ on our Intrepid Japan itinerary I was a little sceptical about what I’d find. Truthfully I was picturing some 1980s brick building staffed by Canadian expats with names like ‘Floating Leaf’ or ‘Jarod’, and dotted with plastic Buddha statues and inspirational posters. So it was a bit of a surprise […]

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Fortune rookie: one man’s fateful journey through Japan

“Nothing will go well, so you always feel uneasy.” With these words, the dragon robot sealed my fate. It was the first day of my two week tour through Japan. I’d been walking beneath the cherry blossoms of Ueno Park, a little slice of calm amid Tokyo’s neon bustle, when I stumbled across a small […]

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Ichi, ni, san! A photography guide to Japan

In the evenings, in Kyoto, there’s a particular hour where the light shifts from white to gold. Central Kyoto runs on a grid – north-south and east-west – which, it turns out, is absolute money for a photographer. Even an amateur one like me. The setting sun shines directly along the roads and big beams […]

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These five dumplings prove the theory that dumplings are the greatest food in the world

What is it that’s so irresistible about a dumpling? Putting aside the fact they’ve got the cutest name of all the food groups, dumplings seem to be inherently delicious on a molecular level. Wrap, cook, dip, eat. It’s a simple recipe to satisfy hungerlust anywhere, and dumplings have spread, under one name or another, around […]

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Our guide to the perfect day in Tokyo

Whether you’ve got a limited amount of time in Tokyo, or want to kick off a longer stay with a taste of everything this sprawling city has to offer, this action-packed day makes the perfect intro. Follow our handy guide and you’ll get a mix of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ in one of the most multi-faceted cities […]

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16 photos that prove Japan looks better on film

I really enjoy taking my trusty Minolta on trips overseas. I love the grainy look of a film photo and the effort and time I put into taking photos. Especially when I only have a single shot left. With Digital photos I tend to become lazy and complacent: I’ll take 400 photos of a tree […]

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Flavours of Nikkei: lifting the lid on Peru’s latest fusion craze

When I think of Peruvian cuisine, I think traditional. Juicy lomo saltado spiked with aji amarillo chillies. Tangy ceviche and a hit of chopped cilantro. But sushi? Not so much. One of my favourite things about traveling is diving deep into a culture and tasting the local flavour. Food is such an intimate experience. Every […]

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