I always like to read about a destination before I visit and Japan is perfect for this. It has a unique and fascinating culture and learning more about it before you visit will increase your enjoyment of the country.
There is a huge range of books about Japan including memoirs, novels, and books on Japanese culture. Here are some of my favourites:
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I’m not usually into designer shoes, but Tieks are special. I only own three pairs of shoes—running shoes, hiking sandals, and ballet flats—so it’s important that the ones I do have are comfortable, versatile, and durable.
During our two weeks in Japan we experienced as much as possible of what the country has to offer. From the neon lights of Tokyo to the wooden teahouses of Kanazawa; from driving go-karts dressed as Mario characters to the solemn and tranquil tea ceremony; from steaming bowls of cheap ramen to exquisite kaiseki cuisine; from temples, mountains and rice paddies to bullet trains, skyscrapers and arcades. We fell in love with the country even more than on our first visit.
Tokyo is a city like no other. Sure, you can visit museums, temples, and eat at one of the thousands of delicious restaurants, but you can also do things you can’t anywhere else. We’ve had some of our craziest experiences in this giant metropolis and spend our time feeling bewildered, enchanted, and 100% safe.
After seven years of tropical winters, last year we had our first Christmas back in England. And it was glorious—Christmas tree decorating, gingerbread house making, carols, markets, mulled wine, mince pies, and huge meals with family and friends. We even enjoyed the cold as it was such a novelty!
This year we’re going back again and are already excited about the festive season. I have updated our popular list of gifts for travellers to help you find the best travel presents for the globetrotters in your life.