The second town outside of Beppu that I visited after getting here was Beppu’s rival onsen town, Yufuin, which has the second most amount of hot spring sources in the whole of Japan, after Beppu. Yufuin is a more traditional-looking town in comparison, and is popular even with Japanese tourists.
Me and one of the ALTs from Beppu had been invited to go watch a play in the evening, but we decided to head over for midday so as to explore the town beforehand.Read More »
My first trip to somewhere other than Beppu when I got to my placement was a city called Usuki, located about an hour to the east of Beppu. Usuki is an old castle town, and has some lovely traditional stone-paved streets still, near the old castle. It is also home to some amazing stone Buddhas, statues carved directly into the stone face of cliffs many many years ago. Read More »
Although Valentines Day isn’t until Thursday, since I’m doing my Throwback Thursday posts I thought I’d post this today, an explanation of how they celebrate Valentines Day in Japan. It’s a little different to back in the UK, so read on if you want to find out more!
I realise I haven’t posted in a while, and I’ll explain that at the end, but first, a little explanation of New Year in Japan (although it’s mid-January now)
New Year in Japan is known as shogatsu (正月）and is celebrated, much like many places in the world, on 31st December and 1st January. Similar to Christmas back home (the UK) it’s a time for spending with family, and eating a lot of tasty food.Read More »