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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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Japanese breakfast in Nara

I had a japanese breakfast at a ryokan in Nara in March, 2014.

In Nara I stayed in a small ryokan run by this very nice, old lady. I stayed there for two nights, and even though I had opted out of paying extra for breakfast included, the morning of my departure she offered me breakfast anyway. I had a train journey to Tokyo ahead of me and a good breakfast before leaving would be great.
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Omizutori, a Festival in Nara

I went to Omizutori in Nara in March, 2014.

I never like to plan my trips too much. I usually have a list of things I like to do, but have no plan of completing the list. I’m always open for new ideas and plans when travelling.

I ended up in Nara by chance, and as it turned out I could not have come on a better day.

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