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Book Review: Kansai Cool

Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan

I read Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan in July 2016

Kansai, a region home to about 19% of the Japanese, is maybe the most important and most ‘Japanese’ region in the country. Including the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, Kansai is in many way the historical and cultural home of Japan.

While busy Tokyo, in the Kanto region, is now the busiest and most visited city in Japan, the cities of Kansai can often be more laidback, relaxed, fun and open.

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Picky Eater

The following episode happened in July, 2015

Watching him trying to eat sushi was horrible. He literally looked like he would throw up for every bite he took. He still kept trying though, he worked his way through every piece on the plate, if only a little taste. The tuna and the snapper he actually liked, he said so, but did not finish them without some encouragement.

My friend, the picky eater, did not like sushi

Sushi, not for the picky eater

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My trip to Japan is only days away

It is not long before I go now, less than three days. My trip to Japan is only days away. Now I just need to get packed, print all my tickets and not miss my flight. I have never missed a flight before so I don’t think that will be a problem. Now I probably jinxed it.

Shibuya Crossing on a trip to Japan

Shibuya Crossing. World’s most busiest intersection.

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A crazy night in Gion, Kyoto

The following episode happened in the Gion District in Kyoto in October, 2012.

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We left the bar disappointed. When you enter a bar called the Basement Rock Pub, you have certain expectations. Rock music over the PA is one. What you don’t expect is to find a bar on the fourth floor playing only jazz. We had one beer before we left.

The streets of Kyoto

The streets of Kyoto.

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Traveltorgeir

June 27, 2015

The most famous Japanese food is probably sushi. Japan has so many other great dishes to offer, but for now sushi seems to be most popular. A lot of the sushi we are served in the west is not proper sushi though, it has been Westernised for our palate, most of it coming out of California.

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Lost in Translation: Japanese signs

Making signs in a language you are not comfortable with is not always easy. Even google translate can fail sometimes, and the results can be hilarious. Finding funny signs in Japan is not difficult at all. Some are clearly mistranslations, others have a hidden meaning somewhere in there. Here are some Japanese Signs I have found on my travels.
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