Kyoto August 23rd 2007 Stayed at Kyoto for 4 nights, in a traditional Japanese style tatami room. This means a shared bathroom, toilet, futon beds, communal dinning area and a lovely room with sliding doors. Quite in the Japanese spirt of things. Some evenings spent having quiet Japanese meals, others ended in loud karaoke nights! The city is a mix of the peaceful traditional streets of Goin and the hip and happening st ... read more
Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
I qualified as a teacher in 1997 and have been teaching ever since. Thoroughly enjoying my job, I took the first brave steps to having a career break. Selling my flat and minimalising my belongings and gradually throwing useful travelling things into my backpack ready for the first leg of the journey on Monday 23rd July. So the race is on, flat having a lick of paint and onto the market. Fingers crossed! I can't wait! I'm escaping daily routines to see the world (well most of the Far East anyway).
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