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Dogo Koen in Matsuyama, Japan

I visited Matsuyama and Dogo Koen (Dogo Park) in July, 2015

Even in the rain, the park was beautiful. It was a gray day, had been raining for hours, everything in Matsuyama looked grey and bleak. After days with sun and clear skies, the weather did affect my impressions of Matsuyama, did dampen my enthusiasm.

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8 Taps Beer Pub in Jimbocho

I visited 8 Taps Beer Pub in Jimbocho in September 2016

Leaving the store with my newly purchased books I was not sure what to do. I was to meet a friend in just over two hours, had to find something to do until then. I certainly could not visit more book stores, I had already blown that part of my budget. A visit to another store would surely lead to another purchase. The prices and selection here is great.

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Norway Street in Tokyo

I visited the bar Øl Tokyo and the café Fuglen Tokyo in Norway Street in Tokyo in September 2016

‘You know this street is called Norway Street, right? The locals now call this street Norway Street.’ He looked at me and smiled. I laughed. ‘What?’

He continued. ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. People call this street Norway Street now. You see. You have the bar in this end of the street, the café in the other end. And then there is the furniture store in the middle. Three Norwegian places in one street. And it has become known as Norway Street.’

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Titans Tap Room in Tokyo

I visited Titans Tap Room in Otsuka, Tokyo in September 2016

Once we were close the place was easy to find. The whole street outside the tap room was filled with people. Standing in groups. Chatting. Drinking. A small bar had been set up outside where two different beers on tap were served. Inside the selection was a lot bigger. The lines for both bars, inside and outside, were long. The bartenders very busy. I recognised a friend working behind the bar out on the street. I got in line, wanting a beer.

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Super Mario Kart in Tokyo

I drove Super Mario Kart in Tokyo in September 2016

I don’t think I ever have been more photographed in my life. Everyone we passed were waving at us, smiling. Many of them taking pictures. When we stopped at a red light parents would run out into the street with their kids, put them down next to us. Run back to take a picture, then run to get their kids. We were waving left and right, posing for pictures. Trying to keep up with traffic.

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Walking to Shilin Night Market

I visited Taipei and the Shilin Night Market in September 2016

A deafening roar startled me, I skipped a heartbeat or two. It sounded like a jet plane was coming up right behind me. I turned around, saw nothing. Then caught a glimpse of something passing by above me. Looked up. It was a plane, a passenger plane. Flying not far above the roof tops of the high rise surrounding me. The sound was so loud, it would be impossible to have a conversation right now.

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Lungshan Temple in Taipei

I visited Lungshan Temple in Taipei in September 2016

Lungshan Temple was only a few hundred meters from the metro station. Just walk past a park and you were there. The park was full of old men sitting around, playing games between themselves, or just talking. I walked past them. Towards the temple. It was easy to spot. A huge crowd was gathered in front of it, people passing through the gates constantly. And a massive neon sign was flashing above the entrance. I crossed the road and passed through its gates.

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The Sunshine Blogger  Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

This year has been quite a good year for my blog. The number of visitors have been increasing every month, both on my blog, my FaceBook Page and on my Instagram account, I was recently awarded a Liebster Award, and only a short time later I received not one, but two nominations for the Sunshine BlAward. Thank you so much to

Neelie’s Next Bite

and

DBucketList

for their nominations. Awards like this are really motivating and makes me want to improve my blog more and more.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.

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