Becoming a Samurai – The Ieyasu Parade

ieyasu-gyoretsu-gakuranman-0 This past Sunday on 4th April, I was honoured to take part in a huge Japanese festival. Donning heavy metal armour coloured... Read more »
| Japan |

Japansoc Blog Matsuri 2

matsuri-lantern Last July I hosted the immensely popular 'Weird things about Japan' blogging festival. This time, in celebration of the new focus... Read more »
| Other |

The Hazards of Haikyo and Urban Exploration

haikyo-glass Ruins are known in Japan as 'Haikyo' (廃墟) - literally 'abandoned place'. The word has become synonymous here with Urban... Read more »
| Haikyo / Ruins |

Japanese Penis Festival

penis-festival-5 More respectfully known as the 'Japanese Fertility Festival', but let's not beat around the bush here, this is a bizarre matsuri... Read more »
| Japan |

The Secret Doctor’s Shack

doctors-shack-haikyo-4 The Doctor's shack lies hidden in rural Japan, its location closely guarded by haikyoists and folk who like to explore. And for... Read more »
| Haikyo / Ruins |

Photography with Jason Collin

Since coming to Japan and acquiring my Olympus E-P1 I've been getting into photography in a more serious way than ever before.... Read more »
| Other |

The Corrosion of an Elephantine Haikyo Bus

bus-vines The last rays of light were falling behind the trees as I exited a cursed love hotel, but my sense of excitement had yet to fade.... Read more »
| Haikyo / Ruins |

Jeju Mysterious Road and Totem Pole Graveyard

P2277266 A recent trip took me West of Kyushu to a small Korean island known as Jeju, famous for its three plentiful things - wind, women... Read more »
| Adventure |
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