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  • Kyoto cafes 9 – Cafe Sarasa

    Housed in an old bath house in the north of the Nishijin textile district, Cafe Sarasa oozes character. The old wash taps…

  • Late Summer blooms

    The Imperial Palace gardeners have brilliantly designed the garden so there is always something in bloom. These late summer flowers…

  • The way of writing

    The Japanese word for brush calligraphy – shodo – literally means ‘the way of writing’, which I think perfectly captures…

  • Enter the geisha

    When I went to the kimono design studio to work on my noren curtain (more on that soon), I was…

  • Do What You Love interview: Ali de John of The Makerie

    I am thrilled to share this interview with a warm and generous soul who has inspired me for some time. A fellow retreat…

  • Ohara

    Although we have just left Japan, I still have a lot of adventures to share with you here on the…

  • Kyoto cafes part 8 – Sagano-yu

    Do you ever go into a particular cafe and feel all the tension leaving your shoulders as you give a…

  • Thank you Japan

    It has been amazing. There are so many people and places to thank for making it such a special experience.…

  • Japan: The price we paid, the memories we made

    Any bold move, big change or great adventure requires a sacrifice of some kind. This is true in business, life…

  • Shops like this…

    When I look back on my time in Kyoto, one of my fond memories will be of time spent wandering…