Turning Japanese October 8th 2017 I have been excited about going to Japan ever since I left Spain to go on this worldwide trip over two years ago. I was now finally going there. After so long on the road however, my excitement has admittedly waned slightly, but I was still highly anticipating my relatively short visit to the land of the rising sun.
Japan has informed so much of the world's culture in weird, wacky and wonderful wa ... read more
Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka 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
Most of you will have been directed here by me - if so, thanks for coming. If not, thanks for coming anyway.
I am Derek - a Kiwi who in June 2007, set off on a 4 1/2 month sortie around Europe via the USA, and set up this blog so that friends, family and randoms could keep track of where I had been to, and of the shenanigans I inevitably got up to.
The trip inspired me to keep travelling and directly following it, I spent the next seven years living in London, which was a fantastic base from which to continue my travels and thus the travelling continued unaba... full info