Favourite Photos: Train in a Mirror

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during trip to Kagoshima in 2009. To make more sense of the image, it perhaps helps to see a wider angle of the view of the platform and the relatively small…

Favourite Places in Japan: Kagoshima

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kagoshima (鹿児島). I have been to Kagoshima many times, having first gone there in 1992 when I travelled around much of Japan (including all of the four main islands) on JR Passes. When I first went I didn’t like Kagoshima much, but…

Favourite Places in Japan: Yoron

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write about a place that I have only been to once, but really enjoyed. The place is the island of Yoron (与論島) (also known as Yoronjima or Yoronto), the southernmost island of Kagoshima. I visited Yoron back in 1994 during the Golden…

Researching Japan – My busiest trip

I have been visiting Japan since 1989, going there at least once in all but two years since my first visit. To date (May 2020), there have been 45 trips and the majority of these have been for research. As well as keeping notes from the observations and interviews and taking photos during these trips,…

Contents Tourism – Akime

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I will be focussing on the tiny village of Akime. As I wrote in my ‘postcard’ on the International Journal of Contents Tourism site… If you have seen the James…