Throwback Thursday: First Trip to Yufuin

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 »

Part of the Usa Shrine compound

New Year, New Year’s Resolutions

ひさしぶり! (Long time no see!)

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 »